How to Plant Your Deer Orchard
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Not only do deer love Chinese chestnuts, but you will find them tasty as well. They can be eaten roasted, boiled, or sautéed. A prickly 2–3½” seed husk encloses 1-4 nuts and will yield a ripened nut crop from mid to late September all the way through October.
Sawtooth Oak – 2x
This stately deciduous Asian oak with long, jagged-edged glossy leaves produces substantial crops of acorns at an earlier age which drop earlier in the fall as well. These traits make it a must-have throughout its range for wildlife managers. Acorn production becomes heavier and more reliable with age. This prolific producer requires well-drained growing conditions that tend to be acidic to neutral, and not recommended for alkaline soil or poorly-drained sites.
American Persimmon – 3x
This tree is adaptable to a diverse array of habitats, from the baking hot, dry limestone “Hill Country” of central Texas to moist floodplain margins in central Florida, while also enduring the cold winters in the northern extent of its range from Iowa to southern New England. Over time it will produce shoots from the roots, forming a colony of trunks that provide valuable cover for wildlife. The orange fruit, which can range up to the size of a small plum, begin ripening in fall and are often retained on the tree after leaf drop well into December in southern latitudes.
Strawberry Bush – 2x
Strawberry bushes are very huge draws for deer. Planting strawberries on your property for deer is a great strategy. Get the best at Wildtree.
American Beautyberry – 2x
This attractive, highly adaptable deciduous shrub provides foliage deer will browse during the summer along with masses of purple berries along the stems which begin ripening in August and are retained on the plant, providing a late-season food source for both deer and turkey. It’s quite drought tolerant once established and is perfectly happy in any soil type from alkaline to acidic as long as the site is reasonably well-drained.