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Are there Hedging Plants Eg. Murraya, Cape Honeysuckle, leaves & shoots of which will not be eaten by possums?

I live in SA - locally we have an interminable possum problem. I am trying to establish a 20m hedge, to 4ms. Lilly pilly was suggested, but I fear that even if I hedge closely and avoid fruiting, the shoots will still be a tasty treat for the lovable marsupials that leave nothing unturned in their foraging. Perhaps the citrus / bitterness of Murraya is a better option or perhaps honeysuckle ?(again, avoiding flowers / fruit - as honeysuckle really says it all). Do you have any ideas please as I have been driven spare trying to outwit these possums. 15 or 20 mature plants will be an expensive loss. With regards, Barry P

Submitted: 01:24PM, 30 Apr 2012
Answer: Hi Barry,

I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for you in trying to establish a thriving hedge only to have it continually pruned back by possums. I have found this interesting web page which suggests that by introducing certain smells, this is likely to deter the possums than any other actions you may wish to take. Possums are particularly interested in soft young foliage so no matter what you plant, there is always going to be that soft foliage there whenever the shrub is putting on new growth. I do hope you find this article interesting.

http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?page_id=5565

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