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How to Plant Your Deer Orchard
Included in this starter package:
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.
Monterrey Oak – 1x
An underutilized tree for both wildlife and for its ornamental qualities, this highly adaptable oak is fast-growing, fruits at an early age and reliably produces a heavy crop of oversized acorns every year. With a naturally dense crown, it will keep its lower, broad-reaching branches for many years, providing excellent shelter for wildlife through the winter.
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.
Southern Live Oak – 1x
This versatile live oak is ideal for wildlife plots. It grows in any soil that doesn’t stay too wet and tolerates a fair amount of drought once established, along with extremes of heat and cold within its growing range. In its preferred full sun exposure, it will have a nice dense canopy casting deep shade even at a relatively young age, and creating shelter during the winter months. Acorn crops are usually consistently reasonable on an annual basis, oftentimes littering the ground underneath.
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.
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.