[NAFEX] "science," and deer vs. honeyberries

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 11:56:52 EDT 2009


Throw in my two cents two weeks late: I haven't observed any browsing
damage on the tips or young growth of the common exotic honeysuckles
around here, but something loves to strip all the bark off of older
stems 2-6 inches in diameter. Not sure if it's rabbits or deer, but it
usually doesn't cause much of an issue, ocassional death of a stem. My
honeyberries are in my yard, and we have very light deer pressure even
compared to the rest of the area, so I can't comment on them
specifically.

-matt
se mi z5

On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Melissa Kacalanos<mijwiz at yahoo.com> wrote:

>
> But back to fruit. Do deer eat honeyberries/haskaps/blue honeysuckle? I'm
> already planning what to plant next year, and space inside the deer fence is
> limited. The deer around here are ravenous. They ate most of the leaves off
> two of my new pawpaws! You NAFEX people told me they don't eat pawpaws!
> Well, they didn't eat them completely, so that still counts as relatively
> deer-resistant for here. Anyway, I notice that deer seem to leave various
> honeysuckles alone, so I'm hoping they won't eat honeyberries either. I'd
> rather have someone else do the experiment.
>
> Melissa
> zone 5, central NY, suburbia, deer paradise
>
>
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