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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-2018, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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What are your thought about Staghorn Sumac (specifically Staghorn Sumac) for deer cover? My ground is a closed landfill from the 70's and the soil is poor. The deer are bedding in the honeysuckle, but I would like an alternative that would grow in poor soil. Thank you in advance.
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While I have zero familiarity with staghorn sumac, the resource below suggests that if it is native where you are, the deer should browse it heavily. Whether it will grow in poor soil, IDK.
https://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=5000
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Depends on what you are calling poor soil. If the landfill was properly closed it will have a clay cap. In mid Michigan we have staghorn sumac growing in tight, poorly drained clay soils on glacial moraine hill tops and the upper lip of drainage ditches in old flood plains......again silty clay soil.
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