Is Sapphire Showers Durantia Deer Resistant?

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Is the sapphire showers duranta plant deer resistant?

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · A friend of mine grew Sapphire Showers Duranta several years ago in a large container in his back yard and the deer ate it. That being said, it was during a dry summer, when deer are known to eat almost anything. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend growing it in an area accessible to deer. As John mentioned, I've had fairly good success repelling deer with Milorganite fertilizer and another brand called Nitroganic. Thing is, if I forget to use it regularly I come home one day and the deer have munched plants. I've used many different types of repellents on the market and have had the best success a relatively new product called Deer Stopper. The stuff actually smells good and does a great job repelling deer. But you have to remember to spray it regularly, especially after it rains.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi C.S.-This is a good question but one I can't come up with a definite answer too. Hopefully another member has had some experience with this plants resistance to deer. This Duranta is a real favorite of mine. Not only do I like its fast growth, flower, and green leaf year round but I can grow it in the ground or in a pot. I can easily shape it into any size shrub or small tree that fits well in several areas of the gardens. Fortunately our deer are in the mountains above us and are no problem in the garden. Although many plant files consider this Duranta deer resistant many more I found only note they are seldomly browsed. This to me says deer will eat them. Articles I found from Texas A&M have reported that deer grazed their Durantas down to the crown, with no ill effects to the deer. It seems as though many automatically consider a plant deer resistant if the plant has thorns and berries and other parts of the plant are poisonous. Unfortunately this is not true with many plants. Parts of this plant are poisonous and it does get some thorns as the plant matures but this does not seem to deter the deer from eating them in many locations. It has been proven that when deer are hungry they will eat almost any plant. I can not find this duranta on any list of deer resistant plants I researched. My own findings tell me that this plant may be overlooked by deer if other favorite food is available but they will eat this plant if need be without being harmed. The plant in areas of zone 8 and cooler hardiness zones can be killed by freezing temperatures. If the winters are mild and mulching around the plant is done it may sprout new stems in spring and flowering later in the summer. I'm thinking if this plant is not protected from deer the new lush foliage may be even more inviting each year if you have deer constantly around.

Ferilizing with Milorganite fertilizer has been proven to deter deer from the garden. I noted links to a review of Milorganite fertilizer and an article on homemade remedies for deer control that may interest you.

Wish I could have given you a more definitive answer. If you have a problem with deer eating other plants in your gardens I'm assuming they will most likely eat this shrub also. Possibly a few remedies noted will keep this from happening.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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C.S. Slade

C.S. Slade · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
John, thanks so much for your detailed answer. I'm heading to get some deer repellant! cs

6 years ago ·
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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. Let me know how you make out repelling the deer and growing your Sapphire Showers Duranta.

6 years ago ·
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