Deer Proof Evergreens: Are There Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat

Deer Proof Evergreens: Are There Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The presence of deer in the garden can be troublesome. Over a short period of time, deer can quickly damage or even destroy prized landscaping plants. Depending on where you live, keeping these nuisance animals away may prove to be difficult. Although there are many types of deer repellents available to homeowners, they’re usually are left disappointed by their results.

With some proven planting techniques, however, gardeners may be able to reduce the occurrence of damage caused by deer. Planting deer resistant evergreen plants, for example, can help to create a beautiful green space all year long.

Choosing Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat

When planning a garden filled with deer proof evergreens, itis important to remember that there will always be an exception. Despitechoosing deer proof evergreens for planting, these animals are known to feed ona wide range of plants during times of need. While planting evergreens deerdon’t like will be effective in most cases, they may still be damaged onoccasion.

The maturity of the plant will also attribute to itsresistance to deer. Deer are much more likely to feed on small saplingevergreen plants. When adding new plantings, gardeners may need to provideadditional protection until the plants have become well established.

When choosing deer proof evergreens, one of the mostimportant aspects to consider is the texture of the stems and leaves. Ingeneral, deer are more likely to avoid plants that are unpleasant. This includesevergreens that have toxic parts, sharp leaves, or strong odors.

Popular Deer Proof Evergreens

  • Green Giant aborvitae – Popular in landscape plantings, these evergreen trees are especially prized for their ability to offer privacy in residential settings. Like many types of arborvitae, Green Giant is also easy to grow.
  • Leyland cypress – Fast growing, leyland cypress can easily enhance privacy. This evergreen tree adds visual interest through its soft blue-green color.
  • Boxwood – Ranging in size, boxwoods are a great option to establishing hedges and flower bed borders.
  • Evergreen barberry – Beloved non-invasive species of barberry, the evergreen type produces a beautiful ornamental display in fall landscapes.
  • Holly – Coming in a wide range of sizes, prickly holly leaves are especially unappetizing to deer.
  • Wax myrtle – Similar to boxwood, these evergreen plants work well when planted as hedges. Wax myrtle may be better adapted to United States growing regions.

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Deer Resistant Vines

Beautiful gardens are meant to be admired. Flowers and foliage often attract many forms of wildlife, and while some are welcomed with open arms, others become more pests than simple passersby. Deer resistant vines offer plenty of options for keeping deer away and stop them from feasting on your flowers and shrubs.

To be clear, there aren’t actually any plants that are 100% deer-proof. Deer eat nearly anything if their food sources are scarce.

A majority of their time spent browsing for food happens between October and February when the winter kills off their food supply, but that doesn’t stop them from sneaking into your yard in the spring and summer to snack on all your hard work you put in outside in the sun.

Browse this list of deer resistant vines and see which ones would make the perfect addition to your garden.


  • Vines that Deter Deer
    • A Garden Classic that Deters Deer – Ivy (Hedera helix)
    • Viburnum (Viburnum opulus)
    • Trumpet Vines (Campsis radicans)
    • Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) – Stunning Deer Resistant Vines
    • Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)
    • Leather Flower (Clematis montana)
    • Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)- Flowers that Deer Don’t Like
    • Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora)
    • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
    • American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) – Native Plants that Deer Resist Eating
    • Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
    • Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)
    • Colorful Vines that Deer Don’t Eat: Crossvines (Bignonia capreolata)
    • Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)





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