what shrubs to plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Metamora, Mi
Question by bkwilson4109
April 8, 2010
We live in Michigan and all winter long the deer eat our shrubs. What can we replace them with that the deer won't eat?

Answer from NGA
April 8, 2010


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, and Weigela. Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape! As a rule, these are not bothered by deer, but a hungry deer will eat almost anything. Let's hope for the best!

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