Will my oak leaf hydrangea still bloom after the deer ate off the top

by Nancy
  7 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 20, 2018

    Hi Nancy,

    It should bloom on most of what's left since the deer only ate off the top. Oak leaf hydrangeas do bloom on the old wood so some of the blooms are gone if the deer ate old wood, but there should be enough still in the plant to look good. Wishing you the best.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 21, 2018

      I hope so too. I think - at least in our area - it's so much colder this year and there is a lot of snow so the deer are looking everywhere for food.

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 21, 2018

    may want to consider growing other plants around your hydrangeas that are deer repellent or get some deer repellent chemicals to keep deer away from eating your plants? We’ve planted several plants known to repell deer that so far have worked well! I love deer, but not when they eat my pretty flowers! LOL

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    • Slone Slone on Aug 29, 2020

      Thank you! What plants did you plant around your hydrangeas?

  • Sally Q Sally Q on Jun 10, 2019

    After deer have eaten every single bud from my Annabel hydrangeas (10 of them)

    is there any change of them re-blooming this year. Have tried HollyTone;but don't

    know if that was the right thing to do. thanks you

  • Katie Yeh Katie Yeh on Jun 10, 2019

    Deer ate my flowering shrub to almost bare. It releafed all over again. I was surprised. Maybe you could put some wire fencing around the shrub to prevent further damage from the deer.

  • Felicia Stafford Felicia Stafford on Jul 26, 2020

    But did it get new buds in that same year, or just releaf? And the next year will the blooms come back where they ate them off? Because the deer ate the buds off of my Lime-light hydrangea even though I had deer repellant on them, and yes I do have new leaves but so far I'm not seeing any blooms- thank you!

    • Felicia Stafford Felicia Stafford on Aug 25, 2020

      Answering my own question, it's been two months and the buds grew back, I've got all new flowers coming where they ate it and it's the end of August!

  • Michelle Michelle on Nov 13, 2020

    I had bought a hydrangea shrub and the following year it did not bloom bc the deer ate everything, down to the base. This year it came back but no blooms, I expected that. It is now fall and the leaves had turned bc of the season and I was hopeful that no deer damage will occur. Apparently they don't like old leaves. Well, I was wrong they ate all the leaves but not the stems. My question is, if they only ate the leaves will this shrub bloom anyway come summer? I covered it with a netting to keep the deer away, so hopefully no more damage.