Do Deer Eat Hydrangeas? Here is All You Need to Know about Deer and Hydrangeas

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It can come as a shock that deer love your hydrangea bushes as much as you do, but for the wrong reasons. Your flowering shrubs can be completely devoured even before you’ve had a chance to enjoy their fragrant beauty. But do deer eat hydrangeas, or are they the usual scapegoat to other garden marauders?

It’s unfortunate but true. Deer love the tender tips of the hydrangea plants, especially the fresh shoots. Whereas older leaves can escape harm if deer aren’t all that hungry, new shrubs don’t stand a chance. If you’re looking to give your flowers protection against voracious herbivores, read on for a few useful tricks.

What Are Hydrangeas?

Hydrangea represents a species of 70 plants commonly found in America, Africa, and Asia. These flowering plants are classified as trees and shrubs, but there are a few lianas in the family. Hydrangeas bloom in the spring and autumn, producing a fragrant flower that ranges from white, pink, blue, green, cream, and stunning color mix varieties.

Seeing as they are easy to propagate, hydrangeas are the favorites of many gardening enthusiasts and landscaping professionals.  Some of these species have excellent soil and weather tolerances, and hydrangeas can be classified as;

Bigleaf Hydrangeas

Also called French, florists or Hortensia hydrangeas, this subspecies is divided further into;

  • Mophead Hydrangeas: These are the most popular of the shrubs, and they bloom large flower heads in hues of pink, purple and blue.
  • Lacecap Hydrangeas: They are similar to the mopheads except for their smaller blooms.
  • Mountain hydrangeas: This is a hardy type of bigleaf hydrangeas that grows in high elevations and blooms similar to lace caps.

Panicle Hydrangeas

Distinct for their range of large, elongated flower heads, panicles are the most cold-resistant variety of hydrangeas.

Smooth Hydrangeas

These are also known as Annabelle hydrangeas, and their most distinctive features include heart-shaped leaves and sizable blooms


Oakleaf Hydrangeas

While the leaves of this hydrangea resemble that of the oak tree, its blooms have color chang