[NAFEX] deer eating persimmons?

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 7 13:06:46 EDT 2009

In general, persimmons are largely ignored by deer.  However, deer that have learned to associate poeple with food will eat persimmon trees.  The Fuyu persimmon that I planted in the territory of one such deer herd was killed from repeated severe browsing.  This same herd has sampled everything that I have planted in their territory, even highly toxic plants like foxglove (though they didn't try that one more than once!).

Wild persimmons are unharmed by these deer.

Zone 8
Last of the pie cherries ripe today.  Happy birds.  

-----Original Message-----
>From: "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com>
>Sent: Jun 6, 2009 2:30 PM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] deer eating persimmons?
>I've observed the same thing.  I've never seen deer do more than taste 
>a persimmon leaf, then leave the tree alone.  My impression is that the 
>foliage contains the same sorts of astringent compounds that make the 
>unripe fruit so unpleasant.
>-Lon Rombough
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>On Jun 6, 2009, at 10:19 AM, Jerrydana5 at aol.com wrote:
>Do deer eat persimmon trees?  I've got about 6 real nice small trees.  
>We have heavy deer pressure.  To my surprise, it appears they have not 
>touched the leaves on the sprouts, which are about 4 feet tall.  I know 
>they love the fruit.  But it appears, from my experience, that they do 
>not like the leaves.  Is that true?  Jerry in southern Indiana
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