Deer Resistant Plants

Seldom Damaged

Recommendations by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Trees                                       

  • American Holly*
  • Bald Cypress*
  • Black Gum*
  • Carolina Cherrylaurel*
  • Chastetree (Vitex)
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Deodor Cedar
  • Eastern Red Cedar*
  • Ginkgo
  • Honey Locust*
  • Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria)
  • Japanese Flowering Cherry
  • Loquat
  • Southern Magnolia*
  • Sweetbay Magnolia*
  • Palms*
  • Pines*
  • Red Buckeye*
  • River Birch*

 

Shrubs 

  • Abelia
  • Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant)
  • Banana Shrub
  • Barberry, Japanese
  • Barberry, Wintergreen
  • Boxwood, Japanese
  • Bottlebrush
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Clethra (Pepperbush)
  • Deutzia
  • Eleagnus
  • Fothergilla*
  • Gardenia
  • Holly, Chinese
  • Holly, Inkberry
  • Illicium (Anise)
  • Juniper, Chinese                                
  • Kerria
  • Leucothoe
  • Ligustrum
  • Loropetalum
  • Nandina
  • Oleander
  • Osmanthus (Tea Olive)
  • Pineapple Guava
  • Plum Yew
  • Podocarpus Maki
  • Pyracantha
  • Rosemary
  • Sarcococa (Sweet Box)
  • Spirea, Bridalwreath
  • Sweetshrub* (Calycanthus)
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Yucca
  • Agave
  • Cactus

 

Perennials

  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’
  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Blanket Flower*
  • Blue Star (Amsonia)
  • Butterfly Weed*
  • Catmint
  • Columbine
  • Coneflower*
  • Coreopsis
  • Dianthus
  • False Indigo* (Baptisia)
  • Guara*
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)
  • Joe Pye Weed*
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Lantana
  • Lenton Rose
  • Mexican Bush Sage
  • Mexican Petunia (Ruellia)
  • Perennial Hibiscus
  • Purple Heart
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Russian Sage
  • Salvia
  • Society Garlic

 

Grasses

  • Miscanthus
  • Muhly Grass*
  • Pampas Grass
  • Panic Grass
  • Pennisetum

 

Vines and Groundcovers      

  • Asiatic Jasmine
  • Carolina Jasmine
  • Confederate Jasmine
  • Crossvine* (Bignonia)
  • Fig, Creeping
  • Honeysuckle, Coral*
  • Juniper
  • Mondo Grass
  • Rosemary, Creeping
  • Vinca

 

Annuals

  • Ageratum
  • Begonia
  • Cleome
  • Coleus
  • Dusty Miller
  • Marigold
  • Penta
  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Snapdragon
  • Zinnia

 

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • French Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Santolina
  • Thyme