Deer Resistant Plant Listing

DEER “LEAST LIKELY TO BROWSE” LISTING
Frederica

August 2013

While we use the term “deer resistant” loosely the following guide should be used when considering plants for areas with heavy deer populations. By no means a guarantee for complete avoidance, the input from several local professional horticultural and plant growing individuals along Coastal South Georgia points to these as among the best choices from their past experiences.

TREES

  • Angel Trumpet Datura spp.
  • Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
  • Black Gum Nyssa sylvatica
  • Bottlebrush Callistemon spp.
  • Cherry Laurel Prunus caroliniana
  • Chickasaw Plum Prunus angustifolia
  • Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia lucidum
  • Dahoon Holly Ilex cassine
  • Dawn Redwood Metasequoia gyptostroboides
  • Deodar Cedar Cedrus deodara
  • Dogwood Cornus spp.
  • Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana
  • Elms Ulmus spp.
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus spp.
  • Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata & elegans
  • Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
  • Jerusalem Thorn Parkinsonia aculata
  • Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia
  • Leyland Cypress Cupressocyparis leylandi
  • Loblolly Bay Gordonia lasianthus
  • Loquat Eriobotrya japonica
  • Maidenhair Tree Ginkgo biloba
  • Mimosa Albizia spp.
  • Olive Olea europeae
  • Palms Assorted
  • Persimmon Diospryos virginiana
  • Pines Pinus spp.
  • Red Maple Acer rubrum
  • River Birch Betula nigra
  • Saucer Magnolia Magnolia x soulangiana
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
  • Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Willow Salix spp.
  • Windmill Palm Trachycarpus fortunei

SHRUBS

  • Abelia Abelia spp.
  • Adam’s Needle Yucca filamentosa
  • American Beautybush Callicarpa americana
  • Anise (red) Illicium floridanum
  • Anise (yellow) Illicium parviflorum
  • Banana Shrub Michelia spp.
  • Bottlebrush Buckeye Aesculus parvifora
  • Boxwood Buxus spp.
  • Century Plant Agave spp.
  • Daphne Daphne odora
  • Eleagnus Elaeagnus pungens
  • Esperanza Tecoma stans
  • European Fan Palm Chamaerops humulis
  • Gardenia Gardenia augusta & jasminoides
  • Japanese Laurel Aucuba japonica
  • Japanese Plum Yew Cephalotaxus harringtonia
  • Leucothoe Leucothoe spp.
  • Nandina Nandina domestica
  • Native Azaleas Rhododendron spp.
  • Needle Palm Rhapidopyllum hystrix
  • Oleander Nerium oleander
  • Oregon Grape Mahonia spp.
  • Osmanthus Osmanthus spp.
  • Pineapple Guava Feijoa sellowiana
  • Rosemary Rosmarimus officinalis
  • Serissa Serissa foeida
  • Spanish Bayonet Yucca aloifolia
  • Spanish Dagger Yucca gloriosa
  • Thryallis Galphinia glauca
  • Viburnum (most) Viburnum (but not ‘Mrs. Schillers’)
  • Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera
  • Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

  • Fakahatchee Grass Tripsacum dactyloides
  • Inland Sea Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
  • Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis
  • Muhley Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana
  • Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum
  • Saltmeadow Cord Grass Spartina patens
  • Switch Grass Pennisetum spp.

VINES & GROUND COVERS

  • Ajuga/Bugleweed Ajuga reptans
  • Ardesia Ardesia japonica
  • Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis
  • Carolina Jasmine Gelsemium sempervirens
  • Cephalotaxus Cephalotaxus prostata
  • Junipers Juniperus spp.
  • Powder Puff Mimosa Mimosa strigillosa
  • Rosemary Rosemary prostata
  • Thyme (creeping) Thymus praecox
  • Wedelia Wedelia triobata
  • Wire Vine Muhlenbeckia axillaris

PERENNIALS & BULBS

  • Allium Allium pp.
  • Aloe Aloe vera
  • Bulbine Bulbine bulbosa
  • Butterfly Bush Buddleia spp.
  • Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
  • Cactus/Succulents Assorted spp.
  • Canna Canna x generalis
  • Calamint Calamintha nepeta
  • Catmint Nepeta spp.
  • Cordylines Cordyline fruticosa
  • Crocosmia Crocosmia spp.
  • Daffodils/Narcissus Narcissus spp.
  • Copper Canyon Daisy Tagetes lemonii
  • Ferns (most) Assorted
  • Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum
  • Four O’clock Mirabilis jalapa
  • Goldenrod Solidago spp.
  • Hens and Chickens Sempervivum spp.
  • Iris – African Dietes iridoides
  • Iris – Louisiana Iris fulva
  • Ivy Hedera spp.
  • Lantana Lantana spp.
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
  • Ligularia Ligularia spp.
  • Mallow Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos
  • Marguerite Chrysanthemum frutescens
  • Mexican Bush Sage Salvia leucantha
  • Mexican Hat Ratibida columnifera
  • Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida
  • Mint Mentha spp.
  • Mum Chrysanthemum spp.
  • Oxeye Daisy Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
  • Perennial Sunflower Helianthus spp.
  • Periwinkle Vinca spp.
  • Prickly Pear Opuntia spp.
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Salvia Salvia spp.
  • Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea
  • Spiderwort Tradescantia spp.
  • Split Leaf Philodendron Philodendron selloum
  • Yarrow Achillea filipendulina

ANNUALS

  • Calendula/Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis
  • Cockscomb Celosia spp.
  • Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria
  • Fan Flower Scaevola aemula
  • Flowering Tobacco Nicotiana alata
  • Lantana (most) Lantana camara
  • Marigolds Tagetes spp.
  • Melampodium Melampodium paludosum
  • Periwinkles Catharanthus roseus
  • Plectranthus Plectranthus spp.
  • Salvia Salvia spp.
  • Scarlet sage Salvia coccinea
  • Spider Flower Cleome hasslerana
  • Summer Snapdragon Angelonia angustifolia
  • Swedish Ivy Plectrantus verticillatus
  • Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima
  • Vinca Catharanthus roseus
  • Zinnia Zinnia spp.