Japanese Maples forum: Japanese maples and deer?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 14, 2017 5:52 PM CST
I came into a truckload of Japanese maples, mostly Acer palmatum. I have shared some with both my sons, but one son has a definite deer problem. He lives across the street from a large native park in Bellingham and has deer running through his yard on a daily basis. He has fenced in his back yard, but would like to plant a couple maples in his front yard. I've loaded up the tallest ones I have, two will probably be above deer height. I'm reading on line that they are deer resistant, but seems everyone I know who has deer problems claims there is no plant that is deer resistant. Wondering what personal experiences anyone has had with deer and Japanese maples.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 14, 2017 6:29 PM CST
We have a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple. The deer have never touched it but they have eaten plants right beside it.
Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Apr 16, 2017 2:12 AM CST
They have not touched mine but eat all the hostas around the tree.
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Frillylily
May 12, 2017 9:11 AM CST
I have one and the deer eat the new growth in the spring. they don't bother it much once it's woody. But the male deer rubbed the bark off of it and it died, re-grew from the roots as a shrub like shape, so now we are back to them just eating the new growth. Sad
Name: Horace Williams
Burnsville, NC (Zone 6b)
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MaplesNMoreNursery
Aug 21, 2017 7:33 PM CST
We do wholesale Japanese maple liners at the nursery and have never had any deer eat ours. We have hundreds of cultivars and not one has been eaten from. We have a deer problem in so much that we had to get a depredation permit.
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Aug 28, 2018 11:10 AM CST
No deer problems with our maples either. They are browsers so that not to say they wont try a bite but it's not something they seek out for sure. I wish the same could be said for my other plants though.
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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 30, 2018 11:53 AM CST
Moot question now. Rather than losing his trees to deer, Son 1 lost them to lack of water - his own fault, he got busy with summer activities and by the time he noticed the drooping leaves, it was just too late. Of my two sons, this one is definitely more scattered and less garden-y than the other. I was hoping giving him larger established trees would help out. I was just up yesterday and snapped twigs from all three, deader than dead. Pity, as he is now preparing his house for sale and they would have been some nice window dressing. Oh well...
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Aug 31, 2018 7:22 AM CST
Last year I planted over 20 Japanese maples (which I purchased from a specialist grower who was retiring) and put protective plastic netting around and over them to keep them safe from deer while they are young. I haven't found that the deer bother with our older maples, but worry that the younger plants might be more tempting! (And jms are not cheap, so replacement would be a pain.)

The deer love to eat our roses, but we have lots of roses and not too many deer. I really enjoy the wildlife so don't want to exclude them.

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