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Deer Resistant Ground Cover

Posted by Alicia_Acconcio Molokai Hawaii (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 19, 12 at 23:28

I’d 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. I’ve been told that plants with fuzzy foliage might be deer resistant, but I can’t find any varieties that will grow in such a hot climate with lots of wind. Any suggestions?


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RE: Deer Resistant Ground Cover

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.


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RE: Deer Resistant Ground Cover

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.


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RE: Deer Resistant Ground Cover

Deepest apologies for the double post. Gremlins...


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RE: Deer Resistant Ground Cover

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


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RE: Deer Resistant Ground Cover

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


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