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Old 09-22-2015, 06:42 AM
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Yesterday I planted one Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer in an open space thinking it was deer resistant. LOL! This morning I saw the flowers were eaten up by the deer. So please do not risk planting it at a place accessible to the deer.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:17 AM
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Just about any new landscape plant no matter it's deer resistance is open to first time damage. Once the deer realize it tastes like crap or gives them a bad case of the sharts they tend to stay away from it.

While out deer hunting from time to time I see deer regularly chowing down on skunk cabbage which is more poisonous than just about any regular landscape plant.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:13 PM
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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If the large rats with antlers are hungry enough, they will try/eat anything...
In NY, they would chew on our cedar siding in cold winters.

The 'deer resistant' lists are just that: someone's lists of stuff that some deer may avoid when there is lots of other stuff to eat, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:50 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't think anybody lists any kind of hydrangea as deer resistant. It's like deer crack...just like hosta.

I call deer long legged rats. Yes Bambi is cute but even Bambi grew up to destroy somebody's garden. I love all animals but deer are so damn destructive and dangerous to motorists. And yes I know we infringed on their territory ...bla bla bla.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:13 AM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Yep hydrangea macrophylla seem to be deer candy. Deer seem to like hydrangea quercifolia, as well. At least in my garden. Smooth hydrangea (hydrangea arborescens) on the other hand, they do not touch. Maybe it doesn't taste good.

Smooth hydrangea is a native species and there are also some nice cultivars for sale. I have the plain species (I used to think it was White Dome, I got a mislabeled Incrediball...now I think it may just be a plain one. It is still LOVELY), Haye's Starburst (love love LOVE) and Invincibelle Spirit.

As a result, I'm using smooth hydrangea more extensively in the woodland garden. I keep the macrophyllas close to the house. Sorry to hear about your hydrangea, OP. You can try a smooth hydrangea if you have deer issues. I'd protect/spray it for the first year anyway. Just in case they tug it out of the ground.
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