The deer have completely defoliated my acuba and euonymus shrubs. Can they...

Asked February 1, 2014, 9:31 PM EST

The deer have completely defoliated my acuba and euonymus shrubs. Can they recover?

Charles County Maryland

1 Response

Whether or not your shrubs recover really depends on if the deer damaged the buds. If the buds are viable the shrubs should be able to produce some new growth. However, recovery is going to be very slow and the growth will be from the top of the shrubs. When the shrubs do produce new growth they should be protected so that no further deer damage occurs. Really you are going to have to wait and see what happens. There is a very good chance that these shrubs will have lost their aesthetic value.

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