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Old 04-08-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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Does anyone know if deer will not eat lilac bushes? I planted a couple recently and the one in the backyard looks like it's been chewed on.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Deer LOVE lilac bushes... especially young ones like any other type of vegetation. I had mine chopped down a few inches when I was trying to grow some... Up here in MI... probably more deer?
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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Bummer!! Thanks for your response.....
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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Isn't that interesting, my lilac is one of the few plants/shrubs I have that the deer have not eaten. I've always seen lilac on the lists of deer resistant plants, too. Just proof that deer have different tastes according to location, I guess.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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hula--I think we're from the same area, right? Anyway, my lilac has been chewed on too. The one in the back of my house hasn't though. For some reason the deer don't seem to go in my backyard as much as my front. Maybe you have a spot in your yard that you can move your lilac to where the deer don't come around?
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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I live in an area where the deer run rampant. The purple lilac bushes do great here. In fact that is mostly what I've been admiring this Spring and am planning on planting.

Is it true that they won't touch any purple flowers?
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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Not true, I'm afraid. They love purple pansies, all pansies! Here they do, anyway.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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This thread caught my eye because just yesterday I helped my neighbor plant 20 lilac bushes. And as we were working we were talking about "I wonder if the deer are going to be a problem?"

My house, the neighbor on each side has chain link fences. And theres a chain link fence behind my house. I still have deer making a racetrack around my house. They go down one side, across the back and up the other side.

Now I'm wondering about the 3 plum trees I planted. I think they'd be okay once they get some size to them. But I'll put a fence around them til they get up about 5 feet or so.

The deer don't bother my garden cause I plant two rows of jalapeno's on each side.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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When perusing the buffet here in the yard they do prefer the cedar to the lilacs. This past winter the deer came in and absolutely destroyed my beautiful, full and lush, green-all-year arborvitaes. I am not having good feelings about the deer. However, my lilacs are blooming now so that is some consolation. They haven't touched those....yet.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:26 AM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Funny...deer here don't eat my lilac bushes (old bushes or new transplants).
They've never touhed my pansies, either.
Last year they went ape over my sunflower leaves. They ate almost every leaf on the sunflowers, and I had about 50 planted. The sunflowers survived. This year I planted them in a different location...we'll see what happens.

60 miles away...the deer even at my Mom's rose bushes...thorns and all. Anything green in her yard, they ate it. She went around spraying a hot pepper spray concoction... I think the deer liked it. They ate EVERYTHING green in site.
She said, well at least the bunnies didn't eat her plants...NO MOM...the deer did instead. She is a funny lady.
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