What Are Deer-Resistant Evergreen Shrubs?


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Deer-resistant evergreen shrubs are plants that deer normally avoid eating unless they are starved. Some of these shrubs include boxwood, juniper, mugo pine, dianthus and daphne. Junipers are the most effective deer-resistant shrubs in the category of needle evergreens.

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What Are Deer-Resistant Evergreen Shrubs?
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All boxwood shrubs are deer-resistant. The plant has small leaves that are round and glossy, and it can grow up to 3 feet. The most common juniper plants are deer-resistant, including juniperus scopulorum and juniperus ashei. Juniper shrubs produce needle-shaped vegetation and blue seed cones, and they grow up to 89 feet. Mugo pine shrubs also have needle-like foliage, and the pine can remain on the plant for longer periods than other pine-based plants. It is a masking plant that grows 10 feet tall. The dianthus only grows 16 inches tall but is wider and more resistant to drought. The dianthus shrub blooms an ensemble of flower colors throughout summer, including pink, white and red. Daphne shrubs are toxic to deer.

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