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Q.Are Dwarf Buford Hollies Deer Resistant?

Zone 78006 | Rduncan4612 added on September 24, 2021 | Answered

The label on the pots indicated that the shrub were deer resistant. But deer are eating the newly planted shrubs.

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Answered on September 24, 2021

Deer resistant does not mean that the plants are immune to deer attacks and that deer will not eat the plants. The plants may leave a bad taste or the leaves may cut them. If deer are sufficiently hungry, they may eat just about anything. Try applying Plantskydd; it does not have to be reapplied after it rains. Eventually, the deer that visited may learn that the hollies are not such a good source of food and it will nibble elsewhere. A "new" visitor, though, may have to learn that the hard way so spraying may deter causing damage too.

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