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How to Plant Your Deer Orchard
Included in this starter package:
Dr. Deer Pear – 2x
This is a very special selection that will be of great interest for wildlife food plots due to its later-than-typical fruiting. Discovered and trialed by Dr. James Kroll (aka “Dr. Deer”) from Stephen F. Austin State University, it is invaluable for providing late fall fruit when little else is available. Large clusters of small fruit characterize this selection. It’s self-fertile, but an increased fruit set is likely with the presence of another pear cultivar nearby. It can be combined with our other earlier-fruiting selections to have a long season of fruit availability. Dr. Deer Pears will be shipped in April 2023.
Kieffer Pear – 2x
Of hybrid origin, Kieffer Pear has harder fruits than Bartlett but the deer happily consume them with no problem. This selection is more resistant to fire blight and therefore a better choice over the earlier-fruiting Bartlett Pear in areas that experience warm, wet spring weather, especially in humid areas along the gulf coast where the disease can be an issue. Self-fertile but enjoy an even more reliable pollination/fruit set by planting another pear selection nearby, such as the later-fruiting Dr. Deer Pear that we offer for an extended season of sweet deer treats.
Sawtooth Oak – 1x
This stately deciduous Asian oak with long, jagged-edged glossy leaves produces substantial crops of acorns at an earlier age which drop earlier in the fall as well. These traits make it a must-have throughout its range for wildlife managers. Acorn production becomes heavier and more reliable with age. This prolific producer requires well-drained growing conditions that tend to be acidic to neutral, and not recommended for alkaline soil or poorly-drained sites.
Monterrey Oak – 1x
It grows relatively fast for an Oak tree, perhaps three feet, all the way around, per year, in a year with normal rainfall . Monterrey Oaks are not susceptible to Oak Wilt and so are a good choice for areas where Oak Wilt is an issue.
American Persimmon – 2x
This tree is adaptable to a diverse array of habitats, from the baking hot, dry limestone “Hill Country” of central Texas to moist floodplain margins in central Florida, while also enduring the cold winters in the northern extent of its range from Iowa to southern New England. Over time it will produce shoots from the roots, forming a colony of trunks that provide valuable cover for wildlife. The orange fruit, which can range up to the size of a small plum, begin ripening in fall and are often retained on the tree after leaf drop well into December in southern latitudes.
Strawberry Bush – 2x
Strawberry bushes are very huge draws for deer. Planting strawberries on your property for deer is a great strategy. Get the best at Wildtree.
American Beautyberry – 1x
This attractive, highly adaptable deciduous shrub provides foliage deer will browse during the summer along with masses of purple berries along the stems which begin ripening in August and are retained on the plant, providing a late-season food source for both deer and turkey. It’s quite drought tolerant once established and is perfectly happy in any soil type from alkaline to acidic as long as the site is reasonably well-drained.
Sumac – 1x
Ornamental deciduous shrub with clusters of creamy white flowers in spring and drupes of edible ½” sized blue/black fruit in fall that attracts wildlife. It’s tolerant of a variety of growing conditions. Mature sizes range from 12-20′ tall with an 8-10′ spread depending on site conditions.