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Deer Orchard™ Starter Pack | Zones 8-10

$599.00

Wildtree Mexican Oak ™ × 3

A new and exciting option for wildlife that is so attractive you may want some for your landscape as well! Part of the botanically confused group of similar-appearing red oaks found in northern Mexico, this is likely a new, undescribed species, or a regional form of a highly variable species originally collected in the San Carlos Mountains by John Fairey and Carl Schoenfeld. Trialed at The John Fairey Garden for a few decades, and originally released to ornamental horticulture through Yucca Do Nursery, it has proven to be a drought, heat and cold resistant tree that produces masses of small acorns like clockwork every year. Tardily deciduous, it will hold onto its leaves through warmer winter areas (zone 8 and up) into late January or February, and the new leaves emerge a hot pink color in March accompanied by bright yellow dangling pollen catkins. In zone 7 it may defoliate earlier depending on the winter, but either the tree can provide cover well into winter in the areas it can be successfully grown.

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American Persimmon Trees × 4

A wide-ranging tree that 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. Note that this species has separate male and female plants, so to ensure fruit production multiple plants of our unsexed saplings should be sited near each other to increase the chances that both sexes will be present.

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American Beautyberry Bushes × 3

This attractive, highly adaptable deciduous shrub provides foliage that 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 after its leaves well into fall and even early winter in warmer zones, providing a late season food source for both deer and turkey. Native to much of the southeastern US, it is tolerant of full sun to medium shade, it fruits heaviest in brighter conditions. Quite drought tolerant once established and perfectly happy in any soil type from alkaline to acidic as long as the site is reasonably well-drained.

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Smooth Sumac Trees × 2

The sumac fruit is persistent on the shrub into winter. While the fruit may not be a favorite wildlife food, it is an important winter survival food. Birds, insects, and deer all use this shrub. It is the host for the hairstreak butterfly caterpillar. Deer will forage on the stems and fruit and birds will eat the berries in winter.

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Save $31 when you order this Deer Orchard Starter Pack, perfect for attracting deer to your land in Zones 8-10.

How to Plant Your Deer Orchard

Included in this starter package:

Smooth Sumac – 2x

Attracting numerous birds, small mammals, insects and deer, Smooth sumac (Rhus glabra) is a great addition to your wildlife habitat. Grown throughout most of the U.S.(zones 4-10) Smooth sumac is a thicket-forming shrub or small tree that is extremely adaptable to various soil and growing conditions. Flowers late spring to early summer, with yellowish-green upright cone shaped panicles, followed by a picturesque display of brilliant red berries in the fall. With fruit remaining on the shrub into winter, Sumac provides an essential source of nourishment for wildlife, as Whitetail deer and rabbits browse on the twigs and foliage and birds eat the berries.

Wildtree Mexican Oak – 3x
The Wildtree Mexican Oak is an exciting wildlife shade tree that will thrive in the southern United States. It is drought, heat, and cold tolerant. It is a fast-growing, partially deciduous tree that consistently produces masses of smallish acorns year after year. In early spring, it casts its remaining foliage, with new growth emerging bright pink.

American Persimmon – 4x
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.

American Beautyberry – 3x
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.

Additional information

Wildtree Mexican Oak ™

Size

4-6', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

American Persimmon Trees

Size

3-4', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

American Beautyberry Bushes

Size

4.5 – 6', 5 Gallon Rooted Container

Smooth Sumac Trees

Size

3-4', 5 Gallon Rooted Container