The Q&A Archives: deers

Question: need a list of scrubs and trees that deer dont eat

Answer: The following shrubs are considered deer resistant: Berberis (Barberry), Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub), Clethera (Sweet Pepperbush), Cotinus (Smokebush), Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster), Cytisus (Broom), Winter Daphne (Daphne), Enkianthus, Redvein Forsythia, Golden Forsythia, Gaultheria (Wintergreen), Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Hypericum (St. Johnswort), Ilex glabra (Inkberry), Ilex opaca (American Holly), Juniperus chinensis (Chinese Juniper), Kalmia latifolia (Mt. Laurel), Kerria japonica (Kerria), Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe), Lonicera (Honeysuckle), Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grapeholly), Myrica (Bayberry), Pieris japonica, Japanese Andromeda, Sarcococca, Spirea(Bridalwrealth), Syringa vulgaris (Lilac), Viburnum, Vitex (Chaste Tree), Weigela.

Some trees considered deer resistant:
Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye); Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry);
Amelanchier canadensis (Shadbush), Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry);
Betula albo-sinensis (Chinese Paper Birch); Betula nigra ? Heritage? (Heritage Birch), Betula papyrifera Paper (Birch), Chamaecyparis pisifera (Japanese Falsecypress), Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar), Ilex x aquipernyi ?Dragon Lady? (Dragon Lady Holly), Ilex x aquipernyi ? San Jose? (San Jose Holly),
Picea pungens glauca (Colorado Blue Spruce), Pinus sylvestris (Scotch Pine), and
Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir).

Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape!

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