The Q&A Archives: Deer Resistance

Question: Hello. We have quite the deer, rabbit and groundhog population on our land and wonder about the resistance to these plants: Oregon Pine (new this year at Monrovia) and the colored barberries--lime green, golden nugget. Also, are the varigated boxwoods deer-proof like their solid green relatives?
Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Answer: The Oregon pine is a cultivar of Pinus nigra and Pinus nigra is considered to be somewhat deer resistant. Barberries (Berberis) are considered to be more resistant than the pine. The variegated boxwood should be resistant similar to its green relatives. Please keep in mind that resistant does not mean deer proof -- they learn to eat new plants over time and if browse pressure is severe they may damage plants that are usually left alone. Here is a list of plants and their relative deer resistance from Rutgers extension that you may find helpful.

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