All Things Gardening forum: Deer & euonymous?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 2, 2017 4:31 PM CST
My son has deer. Lots of them. He just dug in 2 good sized Japanese maples that I think are branched high enough to be out of reach of his small deer, and may be deer resistant anyway. We're trying to figure out what to plant below the maples for a ground cover along with some boulders. I have three large clumps of Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety' that I am willing to dig out for him. Searching online gives me mixed info of whether this is deer resistant or not. Any personal experience with this plant and deer? He lives across from a large wooded park in the Pacific NW and has no intention of trying to keep the deer out of his unfenced front/side yard. They cruise through on a daily basis, and he has had good luck with native or near-native plantings (sword ferns, rhodies, holly, pieris). If they just nibble on the euonymous, that would probably be fine. I've been trimming it regularly to keep it low, he could just let it be however tall it wants to be. The maples are planted with a lilac, which apparently the deer leave alone. This photo gives an idea of the triangular bed - lilac to the left, maple behind the boys, there is another maple to the right. The sides behind and to the right slope down to the road and are covered with English ivy. That will be troublesome as well, the ivy will try to infiltrate into whatever he plants, but he has a border of mostly hidden rocks to give him a wack-line.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 3, 2017 7:15 AM CST
They are hell on the wonderful native hearts a bustin'.
They eat the golden eunonymous...
The specific cultivar that you have.... Looks like it would benefit from being cropped on a regular basis..... And.... If they aren't keeping the hedera helix controlled, then.... It doesn't sound like his deer problem is that bad.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 3, 2017 9:41 AM CST
If they would just nibble and not totally eat 'Emerald Gaiety' that would be fine. I've been trying to keep mine low to the ground and it wants to be much taller, so we are in a permanent battle. I'd give it to him and he'd let it just do what it wants. It would not be bad to have a taller cover in that area, the street in front of his house is fairly busy and anything to cut noise would be good. And, although he has good intentions, he is not a gardener.

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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
May 3, 2017 7:07 PM CST
I have Gaiety under my JM Bloodgood and the deer leave both alone. Gaiety does not really get very tall , when it reaches over a foot they fall over and root. Makes a nice ground cover. They have also left Purple Winter creeper alone.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 3, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Thanks. I am using it as a groundcover among some boulders and don't like the height, it detracts from the rocks. Sounds like a good choice to dig and re-gift, and hopefully the deer will leave it mostly alone.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 3, 2017 7:53 PM CST
I have Euonymous alata (burning bush) -- not sure if the deer situation would be the same, but they do only "nibble" mine, not to the point of being a problem. Confused
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
May 11, 2017 10:13 PM CST
I have a variegated golden euonymus that the deer eat leaves from regularly. They never kill it (darn near nothing can). I wish they would. I've cut it down 3 times and it not only grows back, it sends up a zillion shoots. I also have several of the "burning bush" type (which I love) and they never bother those.

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