We have own a plot of land in growing areas 3/4 (Quesnel, BC) with silty
soil that is mostly growing Dounglas Fir and Aspens.
Eventually we'd like to build a house there, but I wonder if there are
trees we can mostly plant-and-forget that will survive on their own and
give us something edible eventually.
It may have to survive the ravages of deer and bear however.
Is there anything that might be workable?
Deer will browse almost anything I could suggest. Probably anything you
plant should be surrounded by chicken wire until it gets big.
Some suggestions more of a large shrubs than trees.
About the first thing that comes to my mind right now would be serviceberries.
But the birds will mob them. These are genus Amelanchier. Also called
juneberries and saskatoons. They can be nice to eat, if the birds let any get
ripe. These are on a list of woody plants 'occasionally damaged' by deer.
You might also consider elderberries. These might also be browsed by
All the tree fruits (apples, cherries, plums and such) are listed as 'fequently
browsed' by deer.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 04:40:11 -0500, email@example.com (Pat
Yes, I agree that most fruit trees are very attractive to deer.
However, you might try full sized fruit trees like hardy
disease/insect resistant apples and plums and pie type cherries, maybe
even sweet cherries (not on drawfing roootstock). These trees will
grow rapidly in your conditions, and soon be too tall for the deer to
clobber. Since you are not in a hurry, I suggest planting slips (very
cheap) surrounded by 6-8 foot tall cylinders of concrete reinforcing
mesh (also called steel fabric). This mesh (with about 5 inch square
holes) is reasonably cheap, will not rust out, will stand up by
itself, and offers good protection from deer. Make the cylinders
about 3 foot in diameter. The deer will keep your slips prunned until
the trunk is 6 or so feet high, so you will have less to do. I lost
about 1/2 the trees I planted in a similar manner. Most of the losses
did not appear to be from deer. I did not have bears to contend with.
I supposed the bears might knock down the fencing to get to the fruit.
However, full size tress do not come into fruit for 4-5 years, and by
then they are good sized. You will have to pick from a ladder.
Another thing to consider is nut trees. Their bark is not so tasty,
and once they start fruiting the squirrels may even plant enough for
you to get some ;-P
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