Are Hibiscus Deer Resistant?

Hibiscus is a flowering perennial, and some hardy varieties can grow in USDA zones 4 through 8, while tropical varieties can grow in zones 9 through 11. Hibiscus is not generally a plant deer, or other animals seek out to eat, but if other food sources are scarce, a deer may eat the greenery of a Hibiscus.

According to Rutgers University, this plant is Seldom Severely Damaged on their rating scale from Rarely Damaged to Frequently Severely Damaged.

Rarely Damaged
Seldom Severely Damaged
Occasionally Severely Damaged
Frequently Severely Damaged

How To Keep Deer Away From Hibiscus?

Since Hibiscus is seldom severely damaged, it may not be necessary to protect the plant from deer during the growing season. Although, protecting Hibiscus from deer can help ensure the plant is safe and does not end up being eaten and damaged. Scent-based repellents or fencing can be effective at safeguarding Hibiscus during the growing season. Covering the plant in colder regions will protect against the winter chill, but wrapping the plant in fabric or a tarp can also keep hungry deer at bay during the winter.


Will Hibiscus Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

Hibiscus will generally come back after being eaten by deer. As long as some greenery is left, that should be enough to help the plant continue to grow.

Sources: Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ‘Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance’ 2018

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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 14-12-2021