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Deer Orchard™ Starter Pack | Zones 8-10

$973.25

This item will be released April 1, 2023.

Wildtree Mexican Oak ™ × 2

A new and exciting option for wildlife that is so attractive you may want some for your landscape as well! Part of the botanically confused group of similar-appearing red oaks found in northern Mexico, this is likely a new, undescribed species, or a regional form of a highly variable species originally collected in the San Carlos Mountains by John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld. Trialed at The John Fairey Garden for a few decades, and originally released to ornamental horticulture through Yucca Do Nursery, it has proven to be a drought, heat and cold resistant tree that produces masses of small acorns like clockwork every year. Tardily deciduous, it will hold onto its leaves through warmer winter areas (zone 8 and up) into late January or February, and the new leaves emerge a hot pink color in March accompanied by bright yellow dangling pollen catkins. In zone 7 it may defoliate earlier depending on the winter, but either the tree can provide cover well into winter in the areas it can be successfully grown.

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American Persimmon Trees × 3

A wide-ranging tree that 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. Note that this species has separate male and female plants, so to ensure fruit production multiple plants of our unsexed saplings should be sited near each other to increase the chances that both sexes will be present.

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American Beautyberry Bushes × 2

This attractive, highly adaptable deciduous shrub provides foliage that 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 after its leaves well into fall and even early winter in warmer zones, providing a late season food source for both deer and turkey. Native to much of the southeastern US, it is tolerant of full sun to medium shade, it fruits heaviest in brighter conditions. Quite drought tolerant once established and perfectly happy in any soil type from alkaline to acidic as long as the site is reasonably well-drained.

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Kieffer Pear Trees × 2

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.

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Smooth Sumac Trees

The sumac fruit is persistent on the shrub into winter. While the fruit may not be a favorite wildlife food, it is an important winter survival food. Birds, insects, and deer all use this shrub. It is the host for the hairstreak butterfly caterpillar. Deer will forage on the stems and fruit and birds will eat the berries in winter.

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Dr. Deer Pear × 2

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. Self-fertile but increased fruit set is likely with the presence of another pear cultivar nearby, and can be combined with our other earlier-fruiting selections to have a long season of fruit availability.

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Description

Save $101 when you order this Deer Orchard Starter Pack, perfect for attracting deer to your land in Zones 8-10.

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.

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.

Wildtree Mexican Oak – 2x
The Wildtree Mexican Oak is an exciting wildlife shade tree that will thrive in the southern United States. It is drought, heat, and cold tolerant. It is a fast-growing, partially deciduous tree that consistently produces masses of smallish acorns year after year. In early spring, it casts its remaining foliage, with new growth emerging bright pink.

American Persimmon – 3x
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.

American Beautyberry – 2x
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
The sumac fruit is persistent on the shrub into winter. While the fruit may not be a favorite wildlife food, it is an important winter survival food. Birds, insects, and deer all use this shrub. It is the host for the hairstreak butterfly caterpillar. Deer will forage on the stems and fruit and birds will eat the berries in winter.

Additional information

Wildtree Mexican Oak ™

Size

4-6', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

American Persimmon Trees

Size

3-4', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

American Beautyberry Bushes

Size

4.5 – 6', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

Kieffer Pear Trees

Size

5-7', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

Smooth Sumac Trees

Size

3-4', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

Dr. Deer Pear

Size

4-5', 5 Gallon Rooted Container