Deer Resistant Evergreen for Creating Privacy and Windbreak
I would like to plant a windbreak this spring but have 4 special requirements that the plants have to fit into. Let me tell you what they are and I'm positive you will be able to help me. I would like an evergreen. Deer resistant. I know nothing is deer proof if the little guys are hungry enough. Doesn't need to be pruned or shaped. Has a small base when full grown. The lot line is very narrow on one side of our property. My Dad had an evergreen with small thorns on the branches. It had a nice pyrimidal form. I don't have a sample of the tree to identify it because he removed it because it was growing into the gutters and rubbing them when the wind blew. Do you know of any tree that fits my description? If you can suggest something that has berries for the wildlife, that would be the bomb. The wind blows like the dickens over our property and we would like some privacy from the neighbors. I hope you can help us.
It sounds like a variety of upright juniper may be the plant you're looking for. You're right, while deer will eat nearly everything if they are hungry enough. Junipers, unlike arborvitae, have a good track record of deer resistance. Upright forms offer beauty, screening and low maintenance within a small footprint. Varieties of upright junipers on the market include: Blue Point, Wichita Blue, Moonglow, Skyrocket, Blue Haven, Blue Arrow, Mountbatten and Hetz Columnar to name a few. Most are hardy to Zone 4, require full sun, are adaptable to most soil conditions except wet, and are drought tolerant once established.