Deer Resistant Trees and Shrubs

Looking at this list below of Rarely Damaged Trees you will be pleased to find that there are many different deer resistant trees with a varying sizes and foliage types for you to choose from.  

Some are deciduous and some are evergreen depending on where you live.  There are no deer resistant trees that are 100% deer proof. Many of these trees have  toxic or rough or bitter foliage, or a strong odor that repels deer.  The bark of most of these trees may still be damaged by bucks rubbing their antlers.  Trunk tubing or another way of protecting trunks may be needed while trees are young.

Common Name Latin Name
Boxwood Buxus sempervirens
Japanese Pieris Pieris japonica
American Holly Ilex opaca
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii
Common Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Inkberry Ilex glabra
Northern Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica
Bluebeard Caryopteris x clandonensis
Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia
Japanese Spirea Spiraea japonica
Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
Korean Spice Viburnum Viburnum carlesii
Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia
Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis
Beautyberry Callicarpa americana
Smoke Tree Cotinus coggygria
Japanese Andromeda Pieris japonica
Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus
Japanese Rose Rosa rugosa
Blue Holly Ilex x meserveae
Chinese Fringe Flower Loropetalum chinense
Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis
Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica
Chinese Juniper Juniperus chinensis
Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica
Golden Chain Tree Laburnum anagyroides

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