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Name: Mary Hughes
Hill Country New Braunfels (Zone 9a)
Life long Reg.Nurse
Jul 14, 2016 3:32 PM CST
|Are Rose of Sharon plants,trees resistant to deer? We've moved into the country and I hope not to have my tree eaten by the herd of deer that come by in the evening. Thank You. Mary Hughes|
Jul 14, 2016 3:40 PM CST
|Depends on what you mean by "resistant", and what you want the rose of sharon to look like.|
In my area... deer love rose of sharon, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing...
Rose of sharon are such aggressive growers... that a little regular pruning by the deer may result in a pleasing shrubbery.
And... some areas have worse deer populations than others.
Jul 14, 2016 3:43 PM CST
|I'm in an area where they would eat one to the ground. If you don't have many, they could just do a bit of pruning for you. If it's small, you could fence it off til it got much larger, and then see how it goes.|
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Jul 14, 2016 3:52 PM CST
|We have two Rose of Sharon/Altheas at the lake house on Lake LBJ. They are trees that were planted in the 50s by the original owners. We have lots of deer up there. I have never seen the deer graze on them. They eat everything else, though! |
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Jul 14, 2016 9:15 PM CST
|The deer never bothered my Rose of Sharon either but that could mean two things:|
1. They are browsers, not grazers so after every deer in the herd took a bite, there was still shrub left (mine were shrubs)
2. There was enough other better tasting stuff to eat (such as my Persimmon tree).
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