Deer Resistant Plants

If you often experience damage to your garden due to deer, you may want to try some of the following plants in your garden.

 Large Deciduous Trees:

  • Acer Rubrum – Red maple shade, street tree red to yellow fall color, silver bark
  • Fagus Grandifolia – American beech stately specimen tree with golden yellow fall color, silver bark
  • Pyrus Calleryana ‘Bradford’ – Bradford pear tough ornamental tree with white flowers and purple fruit
  • Quercus Alba – White oak large specimen tree brandy red fall color exfoliating bark
  • Quercus Palustris – Pin oak pyramidal specimen tree bronze fall color
  • Quercus Coccinea – Scarlet oak rounded, upright tree with red fall color
  • Salix Elegantissima – Weeping Willow graceful weeping tree tolerant of wet areas

Small Deciduous Trees & Large Shrubs:

  • Amelanchier Canadensis – Shadblow serviceberry delicate understory tree with white flowers and red fruit
  • Betula Papyrifera – White birch specimen tree with white bark and yellow fall color
  • Crataegus Phaenopyrum – Washington hawthorne small ornamental tree with white flowers and orange fruit

Evergreen Trees:

  • Picea Abies – Norway spruce graceful tree with pendulous branches good for screening
  • Picea Glauca – White spruce upright, pyramidal tree with light green needles
  • Picea Omorika – Serbian spruce narrow, pyramidal tree with dark green needles
  • Picea Orientalis – Oriental spruce slow growing, stately tree with dark green needles
  • Picea Pungens – Colorado spruce upright, pyramidal tree with blue to green needles, good specimen
  • Pinus Cembra – Swiss stone pine handsome, slow growing tree. good for accenting and backgrounds
  • Pseudotsuga Menziesii – Douglas fir excellent tree for use as specimen or for groupings
  • Juniperis Virginiana –¬†Eastern red cedar columnar, upright tree. Good for screening, borders

Evergreen Shrubs:

  • Berberis Julianne – Wintergreen barberry low growing shrub with yellow flowers and purple fruit.
  • Ilex Crenata – Japanese holly compact growing shrub with fine texture and rounded habit
  • Ilex Glabra – Inkberry good plant for massing and naturalizing, forms dark green background
  • Juniperis Procumbens Nana -Japanese garden juniper great for edging, rock gardens, and ground cover
  • Leucothoe Axillaris – Drooping leucothoe shade loving, massing shrub, good for woodland settings
  • Picea Abiesy ‘Nidiformis’ – Birds nest spruce compact, slow growing shrub with consistent habit
  • Picea Pungens ‘R.H. Montgomery’ – Dwarf, strikingly blue shrub with compact habit
  • Pieris Floribunda – Mountain andromeda low, rounded shrub with white flowers and attractive fruits
  • Pieris Japonica – Japanese andromeda works good as a back drop for other shrubs, white flowers and shiny green leaves
  • Pinus Mugo – Mugo pine compact, dense growing shrub, superb rock garden plant.

Deciduous Shrubs:

  • Berberis Thunbergii Atropurpurea – Japanese barberry compact growing shrub with reddish foliage and thorny twigs
  • Comptonia Peregrina – Sweet fern great plant for waste areas, can take poor conditions
  • Cotoneaster Apiculata – Cranberry cotoneaster all coton easters in general are fairly deer resistant
  • Cotoneaster Dammeri – Bearberry cotoneaster
  • Euonymus Alatus Compactus – Burning bush compact growing shrub with brilliant red to orange fall color
  • Lindera Benzoin – Spice bush naturalizing plant with yellow flowers and yellow fall color
  • Myrica Pensylvanica – Bayberry small shrub for massing in poor areas
  • Picea Glauca Conica – Alberta spruce dwarf, slow growing shrub with pronounced conical form
  • Potentilla Fruitcosa – Bush cinquefoil low growing plant with yellow to orange flowers very durable plant
  • Spiraea x Bumalday ‘Anthony Waterer’ – Low rounded shrub with persistent purple flowers
  • Spiraea x Vanhouttei – Large massing shrub with white flowers and deep red fall cover

Ground Covers, Vines:

  • ¬†Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi – Bearberry low, ground cover with white flowers and red fruit
  • Tagetes – Marigold annual bedding plant with yellow, orange or mahogany flowers
  • Festuca Ovina Var. Glauca – Blue fescue low growing ornamental grass with blue color
  • Phalaris Arundinacea Var. Picta – Ribbon grass variegated ornamental grass that spread with rhizomes


  • Iris Sibirica – Siberian iris grasslike perennial with purple to pink flowers
  • Stachys Byzantina – Lambs ear low growing perennial with silver foliage

Ornamental grasses:

  • Calamagrostis x Acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ – Feather reed grass upright growing with plumes of flowers in August
  • Miscanthus Sinensis – Miscanthus there are many cultivars of Miscanthus. All have their own traits
  • Pennisetum Alopecuroides – Fountain grass fine textured grass with narrow blades, very reliable plant