I planted Leland Cypress last year in Arnold but the deer ate them . I'm...

Asked April 19, 2015, 5:33 PM EDT

I planted Leland Cypress last year in Arnold but the deer ate them . I'm looking for deer resistant evergreen trees to serve as a hedge . They preferably would be fast (or not slow) growing that will resist deer , block my neighbor shabby property , and hopefully grow to 15' (ideal) tall or so. I would like them to grow no taller than 25' max . Pls provide a recommendation . Thanks

Anne Arundel County Maryland

3 Responses

You did not mention the site sun or shade. Depending upon the location you may want to consider a mix of different trees/ shrubs so you do not lose the stand to an insect or disease problem.
Consider Dragon Lady Holly, Nellie Stevens Holly, San Jose, Holly, and Foster holly. Deer will sample just about anything that is new in the environment. No matter what you plant, it will be a good idea to protect it until it is big enough to withstand some deer damage.
Please see our Maryland Native Plant List for some ideas. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG120_NativePlantsof...
and our deer resistant list http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/FS655.pd...

The locations would have a blend of sun and shade . All would get almost full sun for 5 hours per day. Pls advise. Thanks.

The recommended plants in our previous response would be appropriate for your site.