Saturday, November 10, 2012


Q: There are a lot of deer in our area and they eat a lot of the plants in people's yards. We want to plant a hedge and want to know what is the best type that deer wont eat.

A: This is a common problem in many parts of the Lower Mainland and most of Vancouver Island. The most commonly recommended hedge choice is Cupressocyparis leylandii or Leyland Cypress. Nurseries on the Island sell as much of them as we sell Emerald Cedars. Deer won't bother with them and they are a fast grower. Prune regularly, more if you want a formal hedge and less if you want an informal hedge. They prefer sun but will tolerate some shade. Allow for a lot of room using Leyland cypress.

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