Deer Resistant Ground Cover

Alicia_AcconcioNovember 19, 2012

IâÂÂd be interested in flowering ground cover or shrubs that are deer resistant. The Island of Molokai, Hawaii has deer that can munch through mounds of wadelia, tear large branches off bougainvillea bushes, and chomp all the leaves off of the colorful crouton bushes. Nothing seems to deter them. IâÂÂve been told that plants with fuzzy foliage might be deer resistant, but I canâÂÂt find any varieties that will grow in such a hot climate with lots of wind. Any suggestions?

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Just wondering if any of the Australian natives would be useful. They have to put up with browsers so they often have their own inbuilt 'repellents'. Agonis. Banksia. Callistemon. Melaleuca. Hakea (watch out for this one as it may be a pest species in volcanic soils.) Hovea.

If your soil isn't too lush then something like Protea or Greyia or Leucadendron (South African) could be useful.

Cordyline australis could also be useful, It's usually the 'last tree left standing in the paddock' and will definitely tolerate wind.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:38PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Just wondering if any of the Australian natives would be useful. They have to put up with browsers so they often have their own inbuilt 'repellents'. Agonis. Banksia. Callistemon. Melaleuca. Hakea (watch out for this one as it may be a pest species in volcanic soils.) Hovea.

If your soil isn't too lush then something like Protea or Greyia or Leucadendron (South African) could be useful.

Cordyline australis could also be useful, It's usually the 'last tree left standing in the paddock' and will definitely tolerate wind.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:39PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Deepest apologies for the double post. Gremlins...

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:40PM
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rosiew

bumping. Can't give you advice for your region, but hope others will jump in.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 12:32PM
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debwilliams

I have heard good things about melaleuca alternifolia being resilient and making a decent mulch. The tea tree as it is know, produces a natural oil that has multiple uses and native to Australia.

Here is a link that might be useful: melaleuca

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 12:59PM
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