Are Japanese Camellia Japonica Resistant To Deer?

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Is this really a deer resistant shrub? I have several list of deer resistant plants and this one is not on any of them. The flowers are beautiful and would love to have one.

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · Hi Sean - I have several varieties of Camellia and hundreds if not thousands of other types of plants growing in my landscape now for many years. There's also many deer around...I see them frequently. While they've literally destroyed almost every rose, indian hawthorne, hosta lily and a few other plants, they've done no serious or obvious damage to the camellias. So, even though some deer resistant plan lists don't include them I'd venture to say camellia are quite deer resistant. That being said, John is right in that when deer are hungry the items on their food menu might expand. During a long drought we had here in mid-Georgia customers at our nursery were reporting seeing them eat even Leyland Cypress trees. Too, as people have different foods they like and dislike, individual deer might be the same way.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Sean-When a plant is considered deer resistant it does not mean deer proof. No plant is really deer proof. When hungry, deer will eat anything to survive. During stressful times deer will eat plants that are usually avoided. Deer resistant only means that the plant is one the deer prefer not to eat.

Many of the University Cooperative Extensions list plants into three categories regarding deer resistance.The categories are Frequently damaged, Occasionally damaged, and Seldom damaged. I have found the Alba Plena variety is usually noted as being one that is occasionally damaged and sometimes noted as rarely damaged. To answer your question I guess I would answer yes as to the camellia being deer resistant, but no as far as the plant being deer proof.


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