Deer Resistant Shrubs & Trees

This is a quick list of the trees and shrubs we’ve found to be deer resistant in our area.  It certainly is no guarantee, but it’s good start.


Deer Resistant Shrubs & Trees

Andromeda – evergreen; shade tolerant; white flowers; red-leafed new growth.
Arborvitae-Green Giant-evergreen, full sun to partial shade. 50’ tall.
Boxwood – evergreen; shade tolerant; no flowers; slow growing “hedge” shrub.
Butterfly Bush—Full sun, purple flowers
Alberta Spruce – evergreen; full sun; slow growing; formal shrub.
Leucothoe – semi-evergreen; shade-loving; white flowers; low, mounding shrub.
Caryopteris—Blue Mist Shrub—blue flowers in late summer, early fall
Cotoneaster – semi-evergreen; pink flowers; low, sprawling shrub.
Yucca – evergreen; full sun; arid-tolerant; long sword-shaped leaves; white flowers.
Cryptomeria – evergreen; upright, narrow, and open form; good “corner” tree.
Barberry– available in green, gold, and crimson; sun to part shade; wet-tolerant.
Potentilla – full sun; long blooming yellow or orange summer flowers.
Juniper (not all) – evergreen; sun-loving; no flowers.
Gold Star Old Gold
Pfitzer Andorra
Sea Green Tams
Spruce – evergreen tree.
Bird Nest – low, mounding shrub.
Douglas Fir – evergreen;
Scotch Broom – Spring flowering, full sun, deciduous, no formal shape


Moderately Safe Shrubs & Trees

White Pine – long-needled, evergreen tree; sun to part shade.
Hemlock – short-needled, evergreen tree; shade tolerant
Mugo Pine – long-needled, low mounding shrub; full sun; arid-tolerant.
PJM Rhododendron – evergreen shrub; early lavender flowers; sun or shade; crimson fall color.
Mountain Laurel evergreen shrub; early July pink flowers; gets tall and sparse.
Japanese Cutleaf Maple – small deciduous red tree; often weeping form; sun to shade.
Forsythia – large, deciduous, arching shrub; sun or shade; outgrows deer browsing.
Japanese Convexleaf Holly – evergreen shrub; sun or shade; small, glossy leaves.
Helleri Holly – low mounding evergreen shrub; sun to part shade; ½” leaves.

By Jodie of Glenwild Gardens

Since 1928 when Alexander J. MacKenn started his design, landscape and nursery business, exceptional customer service, peerless design, and the highest quality products have always been an integral part of our business model. These continue to be our bedrock principles and inform everything we do.