Know Your Deer Plants: Allegheny Chinkapin

If you’re interested in planting something on your property that can quickly provide mast, attract deer and provide groundcover at the same time, it’s time to consider an alternative to the standard oak tree plantings. A relative of the American chestnut, Allegheny chinkapin is a tall, native, deciduous, nut-producing shrub that can be found growing …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Devil’s Walking Stick

Aralia spinosa, or devil’s walking stick, is a moderate to highly preferred deer browse from the ginseng family (Araliaceae) found throughout the southeastern United States that also goes by several other common names, including prickly ash, Hercules club and toothache tree, among others. The trouble is these same common names are also used to describe …

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Know Your Deer Plants: American Plum

One of the most limiting factors I’ve noticed on undermanaged hunting properties is the lack of good escape and security cover. Another item frequently absent is an adequate proportion, variety and quality of soft mast. From fawn through adulthood, deer use and require both. So begs the question, what plant provides deer a high-preference soft …

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Sex Among the Persimmons

If you think this is about people having sex in the woods, I’m sorry to disappoint. It’s about persimmon trees having sex in the woods. Far less interesting, I know, at least until hunting season arrives and it’s time to locate stands. Most of us know that deer are drawn to persimmon fruit as surely …

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Don’t Get Burned by Fireblight

A southern crabapple planted at QDMA Headquarters in Georgia was one of those uncommon trees that blows past all of its sister seedlings planted the same year – rocketing upwards in height, spreading a beautiful crown of limbs, and throwing an incredibly dense spray of flowers and fruit at only three years of age. So …

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