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Deer Resistant Plants

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These lists are a compilation of the sources listed at the end of the guide.  It is important to keep in mind that climate and regional differences may influence actual results.  If forced by extreme food shortage conditions,
deer will eat nearly any plant.

Plants Preferred by Deer (aka Deer Candy)

Shrubs, Trees, & Vines

American Arborvitae Eastern Redbud Japanese Maple
Apple English Yew Japanese Yew
Arborvitae English/Japanese Hybrid Yew Manchurian Lilac
Atlantic White Cedar Euonymus Merserve Holly
Atlas Cedar European Mountain Ash Mountain Laurel
Aucuba Evergreen Azalea Nellie Stevens Holly
Balsam Fir Evergreen Holly Norway Maple
Blackberry & Raspberry Evergreen Rhododendron Pear
Camellia Florida Azalea Pink Shell Azalea
Catawba Rhododendron Frazer Fir Pinxterbloom Azalea
Cherry Fringe Tree Plum
Common Winterberry Goldenrain Tree Quince
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Hemlock Rhododendron
Cornelian Dogwood Highbush Blueberry Rose
Crabapple Hybrid Rose Wintercreeper
Deciduous Azalea Hybrid Tea Rose Yew
Eastern Red Cedar Indian Hawthorn English Ivy
Bright Eyes Geranium Sunflower (Mexican)
Dahlia Hollyhocks Violas
English Daisy Impatiens  
Fibrous Begonia Pansy  
Bishop’s Weed Garden Phlox Lilies
Black-eyed Susan Golden Sunflower Periwinkle
Buttercup Grape Hyacinth Redbeckia
Candytuf Hella Lacy Rose Mallow
Cardinal Flower Hibiscus Sedum “Autumn Joy”
Clematis Hollyhock Solomon’s Seal
Crocus Hosta (Plaintain Lily) Spring-flowering Crocus
Daisy Japanese Painted Fern Stock
Daylily Jerusalem Artichoke Tulip

1. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture publication, "Wildlife Damage Control
Strategies for New Jersey Farm Landowners", October 2000, p.63.
2. “Fund Facts:  Living with Deer”, Fact Sheet #7, published by the Fund for Animals,  pp.1-2.

 3. “Can we Landscape to Accommodate Deer?  The Tracy Estate Research Garden,” written by Helen H. Heinrich and Susan Predl..

4. Fact Sheet produced by Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, PA.

 5. “Oh Deer!” Slide presentation by Marta McDowell, Chatham, NJ.

6. “Deer Tolerant Plants,” Fact Sheet published by “If Plants Could Talk” Television Series,  1997 - 2002, William T. Hlubik, produced by Cook College, Rutgers, The State University.

7.  “Living with Deer,” report authored by Dr. Thomas Eveland, published by Cleveland Amory & Heidi Prescott, pp. 6-7.

8.  "Resistance of Woody Ornamental Plants to Deer Damage,” Cornell Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet, by M.J. Fargione, P.D. Curtis, and M.E. Richmond, 1991.
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