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Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer can be lovely to look at in the wild, but when they are dining on your most valuable landscape plants they can raise the blood pressure of even the most ardent nature lover. No list of deer resistant plants is 100% trustworthy. Their tastes can change with the seasons, and with the growth changes that plants undergo each year. Sometimes it is the succulent new spring growth of a plant that they find irresistible. When that new growth hardens off later in the growing season it no longer tastes or feels the same and they move on to other delicacies. In late summer and fall, when deer are trying to accumulate more fatty tissue, they may be eating plants with higher fat content in the leaves, stems and bark.

These suggestions for plants have been observed to be less palatable to deer. These plants have also been observed to be less likely to be damaged by deer, but none of them are immune to deer browsing, because under the right circumstances deer will eat almost any plant. There are many products on the market that claim to discourage and repel deer from eating desirable plants, and many of them work quite well when used according to label directions. It is probably not feasible, however, to treat an entire landscape with these sprays.

The only way to guarantee a deer free landscape is to install appropriate fencing. Since this is a costly measure to keep the deer out, it is less likely a viable option.

Deer Resistant Plants

Trees

  • Bottlebrush Buckeye, Aesculus parviflora
  • Black Alder, Alnus glutinosa
  • River Birch, Betula nigra
  • Paper Birch, Betula papyrifera
  • Musclewood, Carpinus caroliniana
  • Northern Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa
  • Katsura Tree, Cercidiphyllium japonicum
  • Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis
  • Beech, Fagus sp.
  • Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba
  • Thornless Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
  • Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioica
  • Tuliptree, Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Magnolia, Magnolia sp.
  • Ironwood, Ostrya virginiana
  • Swamp White Oak, Quercus biocolor
  • Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa
  • Japanese Tree Lilac, Syringa reticulata
  • Shrubs

  • Japanese Barberry, Berberis thunbergii
  • Butterfly Bush, Buddleia sp.
  • Summersweet Clethra, Clethra alnifolia
  • Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus
  • White Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus
  • American Filbert, Corylus americana
  • Smokebush, Cotinus sp.
  • Carol Mackie Daphne, Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’
  • Dwarf Bushhoneysuckle, Diervilla lonicera
  • Forsythia, Forsythia sp.
  • Witchhazel, Hamamalis virginiana
  • Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus
  • St. John’s Wort, Hypericum sp.
  • Winterberry, Ilex verticillata
  • Japanese Kerria, Kerria japonica
  • Northern Bayberry, Myrica pensylvanica
  • Potentilla, Potentilla sp.
  • Fragrant Sumac, Rhus aromatica
  • Rugosa Rose, Rosa rugosa
  • Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa
  • Spirea, Spirea sp.
  • Common Snowberry, Symphocarpos albus
  • Indiancurrant Coralberry, Symphocarpos orbiculatus
  • Common Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
  • Arrowwood Viburnum, Viburnum dentatum
  • Perennials

  • American Bittersweet, Celastrus scandens
  • Yarrow, Achillea sp.
  • Monkshood, Aconitum sp.
  • Anise-Hyssop, Agastache scrophulariifolia
  • Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla mollis
  • Ornamental Onion, Allium sp.
  • Willow Amsonia, Amsonia tabernaemontana
  • Anemone, Anemone sp.
  • Wild Columbine, Aquilegia sp.
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum
  • Red Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
  • Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa
  • Astilbe, Astilbe sp.
  • False Blue Indigo, Baptisia sp.
  • Pig squeak, Bergenia cordifolia
  • Siberian Bugloss, Brunnera macrophylla
  • Sedge, Carex sp.
  • Black Snakeroot, Cimicifuga racemosa
  • Coreopsis, Coreopsis sp.
  • Pinks, Dianthus sp.
  • Bleeding Heart, Dicentra sp.
  • Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea
  • Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum
  • Queen of the Prairie, Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
  • Blanketflower, Gaillardia x grandiflora
  • Wild Geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum
  • Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum
  • Lenten Rose/Hellebore, Helleborus sp.
  • Coralbells, Heuchera sp.
  • Blazing Star, Liatris spicata
  • Ligularia, Ligularia sp.
  • Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis
  • Lupine, Lupinus sp.
  • Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica
  • Beebalm, Monarda sp.
  • Catmint, Nepeta sp.
  • Peony, Paeonia sp.
  • Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana
  • Jacob’s Ladder, Polemonium caeruleum
  • Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum sp.
  • Lungwort, Pulmonaria sp.
  • Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia sp.
  • Perennial Salvia, Saliva x superba
  • Sedum, Sedum sp.
  • Goldenrod, Solidago sp.
  • Spider Wort, Tradescantia virginiana
  • Toad Lily, Tricyrtis hirta
  • Ornamental Grasses

  • Big Bluestem, Andropogon gerardii
  • Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis sp.
  • Sedge, Carex sp.
  • Northern Sea Oats, Chasmanthium altifolium
  • Oat Grass, Helictotrichon sempervirens
  • Bottlebrush Grass, Hystrix patula
  • Maiden Grass, Miscanthus sp.
  • Purple Moor Grass, Molinia sp.
  • Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum
  • Native Bluegrass, Poa palustris
  • Little Bluestem, Schizachrium scorparium
  • Moor Grass, Sesleria sp.
  • Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans
  • Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepsis

  • Vines

  • American Bittersweet, Celastrus scandens
  • Honeysuckle Vine, Lonicera x heckrotti
  • Virginia Creeper, Parthenocissus tricuspidata
  • Carrion Flower, Smilax herbacea

  • Conifers

  • Concolor/White Fir, Abies concolor
  • Juniper, Juniperus sp.
  • Tamarack, Larix laricina
  • Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostrobiodes
  • Norway Spruce, Picea abies
  • White Spruce, Picea glauca
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Conica’
  • Colorado Blue Spruce, Picea pungens f. glauca
  • Mugo Pine, Pinus mugo
  • Austrian Pine, Pinus nigra
  • Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris
  • Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichum
  • Giant Arborvitae, Thuja plicata

  • Broadleaf Evergreens

  • Boxwood, Buxus sp.
  • Inkberry, Ilex glabra
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