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Re: mahonia/deer

I got my leatherleaf mahonia from Forest Farm. It's doing fine even w/
the drought and it likes clay soil. Mine is blooming now - matter of

The leaves are so sharp, I can't imagine even deer eating them. First
year my mother lived in Bear Creek (PA) the deer ate all her hollies and
roses down to nubs. She gave up on them after that. Too cold up there
for mahonias.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:42:02 -0500

>Pam & Marge,
>I had a chance to look these up this morning - they look great, and what a
>range of site requirements and sizes they cover!  A mahonia for any spot,
>practically, and if they grow for Marge they should survive here if I choose
>properly.  My better local nursery (Carroll Gardens) carries only 2 and they
>are both little ones, as in short mature height.  Have you gotten any
>through the mail, and if so, from whom?
>This is the 4th winter the poor hollies have been stripped clean.  They've
>come back, but all their energy is going into replacement leaves and they're
>getting smaller not bigger - they are Ilex x. meserveae China Boy and China
>Girl(s) so they don't get huge but these are stuck at 3 feet and shrinking.
>They look pathetic right now.  Maybe I could transplant them into my
>hedgerow, which is not yet on the usual deer circuit.  That was an
>interesting thing about the ice/snow this year - got a good picture of what
>the current deer paths through the yard are.  They used to stay along the
>tree line in the back - not any more.
>MD zone 6
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2004 1:07 PM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] early arrivals - tree peonies
>> Can mahonias make it in your zone? The leatherleaf mahonia is the
>> pickiest one and I can't imagine deer touching it. It is wildlife (bird)
>> friendly too!
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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