What Are Some Shrubs That Deer Don't Eat?

What Are Some Shrubs That Deer Don't Eat?

What Are Some Shrubs That Deer Don't Eat?

Red chokeberry, roughleaf dogwood, fig, forsythia and winterberry holly are deer-resistant shrubs. Factors that influence whether a shrub is deer resistant include the shrub's taste, digestibility and toxicity. Landowners may plant deer-resistant shrubs around the perimeter of their properties or among other plants.

Boxwood is another deer-resistant shrub. This aromatic evergreen is 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide at maturity with a rounded, flat top. It is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 4 and requires moist soil.

Northern bayberry is also an aromatic, deer-resistant shrub. It grows to 6 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet long at maturity and features wavy, dark green leaves. It grows in moist, dry and acetic soil.