Deer Resistant Roses


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Deer love to eat roses.  Even roses with terrible thorns have susceptible new growth before the thorns have had time to harden.  Supposedly the new growth tastes best to the deer, but it is more likely that the deer prefer it because of the softness and the increased amount of nutrients in new growth.  New growth can be sprayed with an odor type deer repellent to make sure that deer don't browse at all on the roses.  The roses listed below have been found to least eaten of the many roses available.


Rugosa roses are very durable and can grow in a variety of conditions.  The strong clove like fragrance of the flowers is a deterrent to browsing deer.  Also the rose canes are usually very thorny and bristly.  The leaves are usually leathery and rough.

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BOTANICAL NAME

FLOWER COLOR/FRAGRANCE

COMMENTS
ZONE

Rosa 'Agnes'

Light yellow/Fragrant through mid-Spring
Resistant to mildew and blackspot.  Suseptible to rust.
6-9
Rosa 'Belle Poitevine'
Pink/Fragrant
Blooms spring through summer.

4-8
Rosa 'Blanc Double de Coubert'
White/Fragrant
Hips provide fall color.
Disease resistant. Shade tolerate.

3-9
Rosa 'Delicata'
Mauve-pink late spring,early summer.
Disease resistant.  Thorny.

3-9
Rosa 'Hansa'
Red violet./spicey clovelike fragrance
Disease resistant.
3-8
Rosa 'Scabrosa'
Red/Fragrant.  Blooms spring through summer.
Disease resistant.

3-8
Rosa 'Therese Bugnet'
Red-violet doubles/Fragrant
Resistant to black spot.  Shade tolerate.

3-9

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BOTANICAL NAME

FLOWER COLOR/FRAGRANCE

COMMENTS
ZONE

Rosa 'Baronne Prevost'

Pink/Very fragrant early summer through fall
Suseptible to blackspot.
4-9
Rosa 'Conrad Ferdinand Meyer'
Pink/ Very fragrant
tea-rose type blossoms
Blooms spring through summer.

4-10
Rosa 'Fisherman's Friend'
Crimson blosssoms
Hips provide fall color.
Blooms through summer.Shade tolerate.

5-10
Rosa 'Harison's Yellow'
Deep yellow blooms late spring,early summer.
Shade tolerant.

3-9
Rosa 'Penelope'
Coral-pink/Very fragrant late spring to early summer
Doesn't like to be sprayed or pruned.
5-10
Rosa 'Robusta'
Red/Fragrant.  Blooms spring through summer.
Bourbon rose.
Thorny.

5-10


Old Garden Roses date back from the 1800's and tend to ramble and be very fragrant.

BOTANICAL NAME

FLOWER COLOR/FRAGRANCE

COMMENTS
ZONE

Rosa 'Alfred de Dalmas'

Bush-pink
Thorny. Rough leaves
4-9
Common Moss Rose
Pink/ Very fragrant
Thorny. Fuzzy calyxes.

5-9
Rosa 'Crested Moss'
Pink/ Very fragrant
Very thorny.  Rough leaves

4-9
Rosa 'Henri Martin'
Dark red blooms/Fragrant
Thorny.

4-9
Rosa 'General Kleber'
Medium pink/Very fragrant late spring to early summer
Thorny.  Rough leaves
4-8
Rosa 'Konigin von Danemark'
Pink/Fragrant.  Blooms late spring through summer.
Very thorny. Rough leaves.Disease resistant
4-9
Rosa 'Louis Gimard'
Mauve-pink/pine scented
Very thorny. Blooms spring to summer

4-9
Rosa 'Madame de la Roche-Lambert'
Pink globed shape.  Spring through summer.
Very thorny. Resistant to black spot and rust.  Susceptible to mildew.

4-9
Rosa 'Maiden's Blush'
Light blush pink/Very fragrant.
Thorny. Shade tolerant.

4-9
Rosa 'Striped Moss'
Red-and-white-striped flowers.
Very thorny. Rough leaves.

4-9
Rosa 'William Lobb'
Deep mauve/Very fragrant.
Thorny and bristly.

4-9
Rosa 'York and Lancaster'
Pink-and-white-striped petals/Fragrant
Very thorny and bristly.  Rough leaves. Partial shade.

3-9


Name

Flower Color/Fragrant

Comments

Zones

Rosa villosa/Apple Rose

Mauve-pink/extremely fragrant

Hairs on rose hips cause irritation.

5-9

Rosa sericea pteracatha

Pink blossoms. Red thorns.

Best in temperate areas like Northwest

5-8

Rosa rugosa 'Alba','Rubra'
Mauve-pink/extremely fragrant
Covered with thorns.  Disease resistant.
Tolerates shade.

2-9

Rosa soulieana

White blossoms/orange hips
Very thorny with yellow thorns.  Climber.  Foliage disease resistant. 

7

Rosa pimpinellifolia

White to yellow
Very thorny. Fern-like leaves.
Good for hedges.
3-8




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