[NAFEX] deer eating persimmons?
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.
Last of the pie cherries ripe today. Happy birds.
>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.
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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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