Cemetary Hedges for U.P. of Michigan

Asked July 29, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

What type of hedge would be recommended for a cemetary in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? The hedge would be abour 300 foot long and 40-48" tall.
Cedar is not a good option due to deer browsing.

Chippewa County Michigan

1 Response

There are many plants that are known to be "deer resistant" only to have to deer prove them wrong. If they are hungry enough they will go after practically anything. However look at natural woodland plants that can be trained to stay at a certain height. The Viburnum families are one such. Viburnaum dentatum or Arrowwood will grow to apx 10 ft high when left to grow by itself but can be trained into hedge forms as well as Viburnum pruniforium of Blackhaw Viburnum. Barberry, although prickly, can be trained as well but can be an invader which might not suit your situation as a border for a cemetary. Bayberry (Myrica pennsylvanica) is another that takes to pruning quite well. Here is a web site for you to peruse (follow the key for shrubs in the A category:

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/default.asp

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