Deer Resistant Rarely Damaged Shrubs





Looking at this chart of Rarely Damaged Shrubs you will be pleased to find that there are many different deer resistant shrubs with a large variety of sizes and foliage typesfor you to choose from.  Some are evergreen and some are deciduous depending on where you live.  There are no deer resistant shrubs that are 100% deer proof. You will notice in the comments that many of these plants are toxic, have rough or bitter foliage, or a strong odor that repels deer,  landing them in the rarely damaged shrubs catagory.


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BOTANICAL NAME

COMMON NAME

COMMENTS
CLIMATE ZONE OR STATE SOURCE

Abelia grandiflora

Abelia


NC

Acca sellowiana
Pineapple Guava NC

Actae pachpoda species
Baneberry Toxic all parts TX

Aesculus arguta
White Buckeye Bitter taste TX

Agave americana

Century Plant

Native to South East US

NC,TX

Agave leuchugilla
Agave Native to South East US TX

Agave scabra
Century Plant Native to South East US TX

Aralia spinosa
Devil's Walking Stick NJ

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bearberry MD

Asimina triloba
Pawpaw MD

Berberis julianae

Wintergreen Barberry


NC,MD,OR

Berberis swaseyi
Texas Barberry Native to Texas TX,NJ

Berberis thunbergii
Japanese Barberry NC,MD,NJ

Bervberus trifoliolata
Agarita Coarse bitter foliage TX

Bucharest sarothroides
Dessert Broom TX

Buddleia davidii
Butterfly Bush NC,NJ

Buxus microphylla

Japanese Boxwood


NC,MD

Buxus sempervirens
Boxwood Toxic leaves and twigs TX,NJ,OR

Callicarpa americana
American Beautyberry NC,TX,

Callistemon rigidus

Bottlebrush


NC

Calliuna species
Heather NJ
Calycanthus floridus Sweetshrub Native to South East US NC

Carypteris x clandonensis
Blue Mist Shrub NC,OR,MD,NJ

Cassia corymbosa
Common Tree Senna Native to TX TX

Celastrus scandens
American Bittersweet POISONOUS MD,NJ

Cephalanthus occidentalis
Common Buttonbush Toxic leaves TX

Cephalotaxus harringtonia

Plum Yew


NC,MD,NJ,

Choisya ternata
Mexican Orange Zones 4,5,6,7

Chrysothamnus species
Rabbit Brush CO

Cirsium horridulum
Yellow Thistle Prickly Foliage TX

Clethera alnifolia

Summersweet


NC

Coprosma repens
Mirror Shrub Zone 7

Cornus sericea/stolonifera
Red Osier Dogwood MD,OR

Correa species
Australian Fushia Zones 4,5,7

Cotinus coggygria
Smoke Tree OR,OK,

Cytisus species
Broom NJ

Daphne species
Daphne POISONOUS NJ,or

Deutzia gracilis
Deutzia NC

Eleagnus pungens

Eleagnus


NC,MD,NJ,

Enkianthus campanulatus
Enkianthus Zones 2,3,4,5,7

Erica species
Heath NJ

Ericameria laricifolia
Turpentine Bush Sticky sap, strong scent TX

Eriobotrya japonica

Loquat


NC

Forsythia species
Forsythia OR

Fothergilla gardenii
Fothergilla Native to South East US NC

Gardenia jasminoides

Gardenia


NC

Gaultheria procumbens
Creeping Wintergreen MD

Gaultheria shallon
Shallon MD

Hakea suaveolens
Sweet Hakea OR, Zone 7

Hesperaloe paviflora
Red Yucca Coarse foliage TX

Hibiscus syriacus
Rose of Sharon MD

Ilex cornuta

Chinese Holly


NC

Ilex glabra

Inkberry


NC

Ilex vomitoria

Yaupon Holly


NC,TX

Ilex x 'John T. Morris'
John T. Morris Holly MD,NJ

Ilex x 'Lydia Morris'
Lydia Morris Holly MD,NJ

Illicium species

Anise Shrub


NC

Jasminum mesyni
Primrose Jasmine TX,OR

Jasminum nudiflorum
Winter Jasmine NC,OR

Jatropha cardiophylla
Limber Bush Bitter Sap TX

Jatropha dioica
Sangre de Drago Bitter Red Sap TX

Juniperus chinensis

Chinese Juniper


NC,TX,OR
Juniperus horizontalis 'Prince of Wales' Prince of Wales Juniper NJ,OR
Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow' Moonglow Juniper NJ,OR
Kalmia latifolia Mountain Laurel POISONOUS
OR,

Kerria japonica

Kerria,Japanese Rose


NC,OR

Kolkwitzia amabilis
Beauty Bush OR

Larrea tridentata
Creosote Bush Aromatic/Sticky sap TX

Leucophyllum frutescens
Cenizo Toxic, Native to TX TX

Leucothoe fontanesiana
Drooping Leucothoe NJ

Leucothoe species

Leucothoe


NC,MD

Ligustrum japonicum

Japanese Privet


NC

Ligustrum vulgare
European Privet MD

Loropetalum chinensis

Loropetalum


NC

Lycium andersonii
Desert Wolfberry Bitter taste TX

Lycium berlandieri
Berlandier Wolfberry Bitter taste TX

Lycium fremontii
Fremont Thornbush Bitter taste TX

Mahonia aquifolium
Oregon Grape Mahonia NJ

Mahonia bealei
Leatherleaf Mahonia NJ

Mahonia repens
Oregon Grape Mahonia OR,NJ

Melianthus major
Honey Bush OR

Michelia fuscata

Banana Shrub


NC

Microbiota decussata
Russian Cypress NJ

Myrica cerifera

Wax Myrtle


NC

Myrica pensylvanica
Bayberry NJ

Nandina domestica

Nandina


NC

Nerium oleander

Oleander

POISONOUS

NC,OR

Opuntia species
Prickly Pear Catus Thorns TX,NJ

Osmanthus fragans

Tea Olive


NC

Osmanthus heterophyllus

Tea Olive


NC

Pieris floribunda
Mountain Pieris POISONOUS NJ

Pieris japonica
Japanese Andromeda POISONOUS MD,NJ

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Southern Yew


NC

Potentilla fruticosa
Bush Cinquefoil NJ

Prunus caroliniana
Cherry Laurel POISONOUS OR

Pyracantha species

Pyracantha

Thorns

NC, TX

Rhamnus cathartica
Common Buckthorn MD

Rhododendron species
Rhododendron POISONOUS OR

Rhus aromatica
Aromatic Sumac Coarse foliage, Native TX,NJ

Rhus ovata
Sugar Bush OR

Rhus virens
Evergreen Sumac Coarse foliage TX

Rosa polyantha
Polyantha Rose-The Fairy TX

Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary


NC,TX

Sambucus racemosa
Red Elderberry NJ, Zones 1,2,3

Sambucus canadensis
Blueberry Elder,Elderberry Toxic MD,TX

Sapindus drummondii
Soapberry Also a tree, Toxic all parts TX,

Sarcococca species

Sweet Box


NC,MD,NJ

Skimmia japonica
Japanese Skimmia NJ

Solanum species
Nightshade POISONOUS OR

Spiraea cantoniensis
Spiraea NC

Spiraea nipponica
Spiraea NC

Spiraea x vanhoutttei
Vanhouttei Spirea NC

Syringa vulgaris
Common Lilac OR

Teucrium fruticans
Germander OR, Zones 4,5,6,7

Viburnum dentatum
Arrowwood Viburnum NJ

Viburnum rufidulum
Rusty Blackhaw Coarse foliage, Native TX

Yucca species

Yucca

Sharp leaf blades

NC,TX

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