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Apr 10, 2018 2:44 PM CST

I have no idea what kind of tree/shrub this is, but over the past few weeks, it has been decimated. The first 4-5 feet up appears to have been eaten by something, but I'm wondering if it's some sort of disease. One of the pictures shows a close up of some of the blackened leaves. Any ideas of what it is, or how to treat it? Thanks in advance!

Zone: 7
Pennsylvania
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Apr 10, 2018 8:25 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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Apr 11, 2018 3:31 AM CST
Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Deer was my first thought, too. It looks like a Juniper, and deer love Junipers in the winter. Here are a couple of pics I pulled from the internet as examples.

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Apr 12, 2018 12:13 PM CST

Must be deer. If I start spraying it with deer repellent, will the foliage grow back?
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Apr 12, 2018 12:17 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Usually KInda-Sorta.
Best to just trim the trees up to the that level.
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Apr 12, 2018 1:27 PM CST
Name: Jim
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They usually nibble on shrubs like this during the winter when there is a lack of food. I wouldn't waste my money or time on deer repellent. Personally, I wouldn't trim the shrub up to that level either; it will look horrible. I would put some kind of temporary fencing around the shrub. It doesn't have to be too high...just far enough out around the perimeter to keep them from eating the lower part.
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Apr 12, 2018 1:46 PM CST
Name: Deb
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And then your shrubs will forever be 'in jail' - I think you have to consider all your options (prune, don't prune, replace with fence, replace with deer resistant shrub). This is a very familiar site here in the Pacific NW, commonly referred to as penis-trees (sorry).
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Apr 12, 2018 3:12 PM CST
Name: Jim
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Bonehead said:And then your shrubs will forever be 'in jail' - I think you have to consider all your options (prune, don't prune, replace with fence, replace with deer resistant shrub). This is a very familiar site here in the Pacific NW, commonly referred to as penis-trees (sorry).


Only in "jail" for the winter when the damage is done, and you are not outside to enjoy them anyway. You remove the fencing in the Spring when the deer have plenty of other food and put it back just before the next Winter.
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Apr 12, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
MoonShadows said: Personally, I wouldn't trim the shrub up to that level either; it will look horrible..

That depends on how they come back.
I have seen too many over the years with ugly scars because they kinda-sorta came back.They stick out like a sore thumb.
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Apr 12, 2018 4:23 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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MoonShadows said:

Only in "jail" for the winter when the damage is done, and you are not outside to enjoy them anyway. You remove the fencing in the Spring when the deer have plenty of other food and put it back just before the next Winter.



That wouldn't be so bad then. I think my sister leaves her jails up year-round until her fruit trees gain enough height to be out of their range - must depend on what else there is for the deer to forage on.
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