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Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance

Photo: Ageratum houstonianum. Photo: Picea glauca. Photo: Thelyptens noveboracensis.

The following is a list of landscape plants rated according to their resistance to deer damage. The list was compiled with input from nursery and landscape professionals, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension personnel, and Rutgers Master Gardeners in northern New Jersey.

Realizing that no plant is deer proof, plants in the Rarely Damaged, and Seldom Severely Damaged categories would be best for landscapes prone to deer damage. Plants Occasionally Severely Damaged and Frequently Severely Damaged are often preferred by deer and should only be planted with additional protection such as the use of fencing, repellents, etc. Success of any of these plants in the landscape will depend on local deer populations and weather conditions.


A = Rarely Damaged
B = Seldom Severely Damaged
C = Occasionally Severely Damaged
D = Frequently Severely Damaged

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Common Name Latin Name Type Rating
Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens Ornamental Grasses A
Common Boxwood  View photo of Common Boxwood Buxus sempervirens Shrubs A
Crown Imperial, Fritilia Fritilaria imperialis Bulbs A
Dame's Rocket Hesperis matronalis Perennials A
Japanese Blood Grass  View photo of Japanese Blood Grass Imperata cylindrica Ornamental Grasses A
Moonglow Juniper Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow' Shrubs A
Paper Birch Betula papyrifera Trees A
Prince of Wales Juniper Juniperus horizontalis 'Prince of Wales' Shrubs A
Russian Sage  View photo of Russian Sage Perovskio atriplicifolia Perennials A
Sweet Woodruff  View photo of Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum (Asperula odorata) Groundcovers A
Armstrong Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Armstrongii' Shrubs B
Blue Star Juniper Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' Shrubs B
Candytuft Iberis sempervirens Perennials B
Chinese Juniper (1) Juniperus chinensis cv. Shrubs B
Chinese Paper Birch Betula albo-sinensis Trees B
Creeping Juniper (1) Juniperus horizontalis cv. Shrubs B
Dragon Lady, San Jose Holly Ilex x aquipernyi Trees B
Eastern Red Cedar  View photo of Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana Trees B
Glory Lily Gloriosa superba Bulbs B
Hens and Chickens  View photo of Hens and Chickens Sempervivum sp. Perennials B
Japanese Garden Juniper Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' Shrubs B
Large Periwinkle Vinca major Groundcovers B
Mountain Juniper (1) Juniperus scopulorum cv. Shrubs B
Paperbark Maple  View photo of Paperbark Maple Acer griseurn Trees B
Periwinkle Vinca minor Groundcovers B
Pfitzer Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Pfitzerana' Shrubs B
Savin/Tam Juniper Juniperus sabin cv. Shrubs B
Shiso Perilla frutescens Annuals B
Singleseed Juniper (1) Juniperus squamata cv. Shrubs B
St. John's Wort  View photo of St. John's Wort Hypericum calycinum Perennials B
St. John's Wort  View photo of St. John's Wort Hypericum prolificum Shrubs B
Sweet Pepperbush  View photo of Sweet Pepperbush Clethra sp. Shrubs B
Youngstown Andorra Juniper Juniperus horizontalis 'Youngstown' Shrubs B
English Daisy Bellis perennis Perennials C
Pernyi Holly Ilex pernyi Trees C
Persian Lilac Syringa x persica Shrubs C
Shasta Daisy Chrysanthemum superbum Perennials C
Shore Juniper Juniperus conferta Shrubs C
Trumpet Creeper  View photo of Trumpet Creeper Campsis radicans Vines C
Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquifolia Vines C
Wax Begonia Begonia semperflorens Annuals C
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei Groundcovers C
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei Shrubs D
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei Vines D


1 Check other rating categories to find additional species or cultivars of this genus.

2 May eat buds.


Content: Pete Nitzsche, Pedro Perdomo, and David Drake
Photos: Pete Nitzsche
Database Design: Kathy Robinson and Phil Wisneski
Website Design: Phil Wisneski

Special thanks to our cooperators on this project: Helen Heinrich, Certified Landscape Architect; James Messina, Certified Landscape Architect, Landscape Plus; Valerie Sudal, Garden Writer, The Newark Star-Ledger; and numerous landscapers, Master Gardeners, and nurserymen who provided ratings.