Do Deer Eat Elderberry Bushes, Leaves, Plants?

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Deer eat elderberry leaves, bushes and plants. It is like a magnet to them and they will eat every part of this plant to the bone.

Elderberry bushes are deciduous shrubs that produce different berry types, used in the production of wines, jams, and jellies.

These shrubs are native to America and while some deer might eat elderberry bush, others might not.

Do Deer Eat Elderberry Bushes, Leaves, Plants?

Elderberries have been reported to be highly deer resistant shrubs. However, it has not proven to be so in my case.

After interviewing various people from different places, here are some interesting data I found out:

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Some growers in Pennsylvania and Illinois reported deer eating the stems, leaves, and ripe berries of elderberry plant.

Tennessee-based growers also reported their neighborhood deer feeding on elderberries even in the face of other deer attracting food source.

However, people in areas where deer aren’t familiar with this plant, have reported it to be highly deer-resistant.

Interesting, huh? If the deer in your area seems to be attracted to the elderberry varieties around you, then you should consider using deer deterrent techniques to keep them away.

Do Deer Eat Elderberry bushes

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How to Protect Elderberry from Deer

Here are some methods you can use:

  • Repellents

Using home-made deer deterrent or store-bought deterrent will help save your plant. But, deer adapt easily to smell so you should rotate between at least 2-3 repellents so that they don’t become familiar with it.

  • Protect Young Plants

Fencing is one of the most effective ways to protect your plant, especially the new saplings and transplants.

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It also keeps young plants away from trampling and foraging during mid-season too. Permanent fencing does an awesome job at ensuring your plants stay protected until they reach maturity.

Other protective methods include: Wire cages, tree shelters, or plastic netting to prevent damage by deer.

  • Use deterrents

Using deterrents is another smart yet working method of discouraging deer when it comes to your garden.

There are different products on the market that will work but choosing one that combines auditory and visual deterrents ensures maximum results.

For instance, you can combine moving scare devices (auditory deterrents) with scarecrows, strobe or flashing lights, and scare-eye balloons. However, deer are highly persevering, so you must have these systems in place at all times because they will likely keep coming back frequently. These habits have been noticed in places with higher deer populations.

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How Big Do Elderberry Bushes Get?

Elderberry bushes can grow to reach heights of 6-12 feet.

Do Mule Deer Eat Elderberry Bush?

Elderberry bush provides perching, cover, food, and nesting sites to elk and mule deer. Its leaves are more palatable in fall but less palatable in spring.

Do Deer eat Black Lace Elderberry?

Some do, others don’t. The chances of a deer actually eating black lace elderberry depends on your location. If they are used to it, they will feed on it. If not, they’d just smell and pass it by.

Is Black Lace Elderberry Deer Resistant?

It is deer resistant and easy to care for.

Concluding thoughts

Although elderberries are generally listed as deer resistant shrubs or plants, they aren’t always so in every region. So, if you plan on growing and cultivation elderberries, you should enforce various deer deterrent practices to your list.

Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Author: Howard S. Baldwin

My name is Howard S. Baldwin. I am a work-at-home dad to three lovely girls, Jane + Hannah + Beauty. I have been blogging for the last 3 years. I worked for other Home and Lifetsyle blogs, did hundreds of product reviews and buyers’ guides. Prior to that, I was a staff accountant at a big accounting firm. Needless to say, researching and numbers are my passion. My goal is to be an informative source for any topic that relates to DIY life and homemaking.

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