Deer-Resistant Plants

The following is a list of plants that have been identified as deer-resistant. Keep in mind that in a bad season, deer may feast on plants on this list. If you have plants in your garden that have not been feasted upon by deer, please share them with us.

Trees

Deodara Cedar (Cedrus deodara)
Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
Hawthorn (Crataegus sp.)
Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis)
American Holly (Ilex opaca)
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)
Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicum)
Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflau)
Gingko (Ginkgo biloba)
Goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Fringtree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Shrubs

Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Butterfly-bush (Buddleia davidii)
Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)
Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)
Hollies in general: (Ilex sp.)
Foster Holly (Ilex x attenuata)
Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’)
Carissa Holly (Ilex crenata ‘Carissa’)
Dwarf Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata ‘Compacta’)
Convexa Holly (Ilex crenata ‘Convexa’)
Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria ‘Nana’)
Nellie R. Stevens (Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’)
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Juniper (Juniperus sp)
Dog-hobble (Leucothoe axillaris)
Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium)
Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)
Dwarf Nandina (Nandina domestica)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo)
Carolina Cherrylaurel (Prunus caroliniana)
Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles japonica)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alatus)
Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)
Daphne (Daphne sp.)
Gold-dust Plant (Acuba japonica)
Sumacs (Rhus sp.)
Thorny Eleaegnus (Eleaegnus pungens)
Japanese Andromeda (Pieris japonica)
Bumald Spirea (Spireae x bumaldi)
Vanhoutte Spirea (Spireae x vanhouttei)
Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatua)
Rockspray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontalis)
Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)
Oakleaf Hydrangea – (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Mock Orange – (Philadelphus sp.)
Wax Myrtle _ (Myrica cerifera)
Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Groundcovers

Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)
Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea var. picta)
Thyme (Thymus sp.)
Aaron’s Beard (Hypericum calycinum)
Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum)
Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonica)
Santolina (Santolina sp.)

Vines

Wisteria (Wisteria sp.)
Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Star Jasmine (Trachelopsermum jasminoides)
Trumpetvine (Campsis)
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea)

Perennials

Columbine (Aquilegia sp.)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium)
Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Iris (Iris sp.)
Yarrow (Achillea)
Monkshood (Aconitum)
Anemone
Wormwood (Artemisia)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
Aster
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
Cranesbill geranium (Geranium)
Beebalm (Monarda)
Peony
Chives (Allium)
Blue Star (Amsonia)
Delphinium (Delphinium)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Sweet Woodruff (Galium)
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)
Dead Nettles (Lamium)
Lavender (Lavandula)
Catnip (Nepeta sp.)
Oregano (Origanum)
Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Creeping phlox or Thrift (Phlox Subulata)
Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Meadow Sage (Salvia)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Lamb’s Ear (Stachys)