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Deer-Resistant Shrubs

Deer-Resistant Shrubs

First: the caveat. With the possible exception of spiny Barberries (Berberis) there are no absolutely deer-proof plants. If the herd is large enough, and food is scarce enough, deer have been known to eat almost anything.

There are plants that are much less palatable to deer, though even these "resistant" varieties are vulnerable in the first few weeks after planting when their leaf tissue is especially nitrogen-rich. If you have a deer problem in your neighborhood, it's a good idea to draw heavily from the group of plants you see below, all of which are rarely browsed. This list is drawn primarily from research done in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

We've also had good luck with Deer Stopper® spray, available here.

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 Buddleia Miss Molly Buddleia Miss Molly SKU: S60713
From $29.95
 Forsythia x intermedia Show Off® Forsythia x intermedia Show Off® SKU: S62206
From $26.95
 Heath and Heather Collection Heath and Heather Collection SKU: S80230
From $89.00
 Syringa Bloomerang® Dark Purple Syringa Bloomerang® Dark Purple SKU: S67623
From $31.95
 Syringa vulgaris Yankee Doodle Syringa vulgaris Yankee Doodle SKU: S67594
From $32.95
 Syringa vulgaris Sensation Syringa vulgaris Sensation SKU: S67571
From $29.95
 Deutzia Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia Yuki Cherry Blossom™ SKU: S61602
From $26.95
 Callicarpa Purple Pearls® Callicarpa Purple Pearls® SKU: F60801
From $26.95
 Buddleia Summer Skies Buddleia Summer Skies SKU: S60733
From $29.95
 Buddleia davidii Peacock™ Buddleia davidii Peacock™ SKU: S60703
From $25.95
 Syringa vulgaris Monge Syringa vulgaris Monge SKU: S67611
From $29.95
 Buddleia InSpired™ Violet Buddleia InSpired™ Violet SKU: S60718
From $29.95
 Calluna vulgaris Cuprea Calluna vulgaris Cuprea SKU: S60817
$15.95
 Syringa x hyacinthiflora Mount Baker Syringa x hyacinthiflora Mount Baker SKU: S67591
$27.95 $22.37
 Syringa vulgaris President Lincoln Syringa vulgaris President Lincoln SKU: S67581
From $34.95
 Sambucus racemosa Lemony Lace® Sambucus racemosa Lemony Lace® SKU: S67207
From $29.95
 Syringa Bloomerang® Pink Perfume Syringa Bloomerang® Pink Perfume SKU: S67629
From $31.95
 Syringa vulgaris Beauty of Moscow Syringa vulgaris Beauty of Moscow SKU: S67587
From $27.95
 Magnolia Butterflies Magnolia Butterflies SKU: S64660
From $35.95
 Butterfly Hedge Butterfly Hedge SKU: S81318
From $79.00
 Cornus canadensis Cornus canadensis SKU: S26830
From $14.95
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