What is eating my Rose of Sharon??

roch_plantgirl(z5/6 NY)April 3, 2006

I planted a small Rose of Sharon last summer, and it did very well, with no visible attacks from any animals.

Now, this spring, I go out and something has cut off the branches around the perimeter of the plant, about 6-8 inches from the ground! They are all clean cuts, too.

Is this a bunny? A squirrel? I live in a suburban development with chain link fence, so I doubt deer...

Will it be OK?

Help!

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have seen rabbits do this several times. With my own eyes. That's not saying that bunnies are your culprit.

As long as the damage is contained to the snipping of lower branches, your plant will be fine, in all likelihood.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 12:14AM
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ginkgonut(4)

So cute yet so destuctive, aren't they? Sure sounds like a rabbit.

I believe ROS blooms on new wood so it should be fine.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 12:15AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

rabbits do it to mine ... as the tree outgrowns it... and all of mine have.. the rabbits will ignore them ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 8:19AM
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roch_plantgirl(z5/6 NY)

Ah, rabbits again. It really is amazing what and how much they will eat! They mowed over my little mums last year, and munched on my beard tongue. I have a feeling they're the onces chewing my tulips too.

Thanks for the info - hopefully, it will be just fine this summer!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 9:02AM
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