The Q&A Archives: deer resistant shrubs

Question: Do you know if there are any shrubs that are evergreen, and are not a favorite food for deer or cattle. I live on a ranch in zone 8 and would like to plant a shrub that will grow across the front of my deck. It would recieve full sun in the summer and early spring cattle graze on the meadow in front of the deck.

Answer: Although there are no guarantees, the following shrubs are generally avoided or ignored by livestock and deer:
Abelia (Abelia spp.)
Acuba (Acuba japonica)
Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata)
Autumn Aster (Aster spp.)
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Blackberry (Rubus spp.) (thorny only)
Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)
Cotoneaster (Coral Beauty) (Cotoneaster dammeri)
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ixex cornuta)
Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria)
Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.)
Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens)
Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis)
Germander (Teucrium spp.)
Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)
Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii)
Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
Juniper (Juniperus spp.)
Lantana (Lantana horrida)
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa)
Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)
Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri)
Nandina (Nandina spp.)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.)
Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)
Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)
Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

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