Deer and Plants They May or May Not Eat, Maybe!

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Plants Rarely Damaged:

White birch

Betula papyrifera


Buxus sempervirens

American holly

Ilex opaca


Leucothoe fontanesiana

Colorado spruce

Picea pungens

Japanese pieris

Pieres japonica


Plants Seldom Damaged:

European white birch

Betula pendula

American bittersweet

Celastrus scandens

Flowering dogwood

Cornus florida

Kousa or Korean dogwood

C. kousa

Redosier dogwood

C. sericea (stolonigera)

English hawthorne

Crataegus laevigata

Redvein enkianthus

Enkianthus campanulatus

European beech

Fagus sylvatica


Forsythia spp.

Common honey locust

Gleditsia triacanthos

Japanese holly

Ilex cornuta


I. glabra

Chinese juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Mountain laurel

Kalmia latifolia


Kolkwitzia amabilis

Norway spruce

Picea abies

White spruce

P. glauca

Mugo pine

Pinus mugo

Austrian pine

P. nigra

Red pine

P. resinosa

Pitch pine

P. rigida

Scot’s pine

P. sylvestris

Japanese flowering cherry

Prunus serrulata

Dragon’s claw willow

Salix matsudana >Tortuosa


Sassafras albidum


Syringa vulgaris


Wisteria floribunda


Plants Occasionally Damaged:

White fir

Abies concolor

Cinnamon bark maple

Acer griseum

Red or swamp maple

A. rubrum

Sugar maple

A. saccharinum

Silver Maple

A. saccharum

Horse chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum


Amelanchier arborea

Allegheny serviceberry

A. laevis


Campsis radicans

Common flowering quince

Chaenomeles speciosa

Gray dogwood

Cornus racemosa


Cotinus coggygria

Cranberry cotoneaster

Cotoneaster apiculatus

Rockspray cotoneaster

C. horizontalis

Japanese cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica

Japanese forsythia

Forsythia japonica

Border forsythia

Forsythia x intermedia


Hamamelis virginiana

Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus

Smooth hydrangea

Hydrangea arborescens

Panicle hydrangea

H paniculata

Clirnbing hydrangea

H.  Anomalla subsp. petiolaris

Japanese holly

Ilex crenata

Meserve hybrid hollies

I. x meserveae

Eastern redcedar

Juniperus virginiana

American larch

Larix decidua

Goldflame honeysuckle

Lonicera x heckrottii

Saucer magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana

Dawn redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Sweet mockorange

Philadelphus coronarius

White pine

Pinus strobus

Bush cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa

Sweet cherry

Prunus avium

Douglas fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii


Pyracantha coccinea

Bradford pear

Pyrus callerana 'Bradford'

Common pear

P. communis

White oak

Quercus alba

Chestnut oak

Q. prinus

Red oak

Q. rubra

Rosebay rhododendron

Rhododendron maximum

Peidmont rhododendron

R minus

Staghorn sumac

Rhus typhina


Salix spp.

Bumalda spirea

Spiraea japonica 'Bumalda'

Bridalwreath spirea

S. prunifolia

Persian lilac

Syringa persica

Japanese tree lilac

S. reticulata

Late lilac

S. villosa

American basswood

Tilla americana

Greenspire linden

T. cordata 'Greenspire'

Canadian hemlock

Tsuga canadensis

Carolinia hemlock

T.  caroliniana

Koreanspice viburnum

Viburnum carlesii

Judd viburnum

V. x juddii

Doublefile viburnum

V. plicatum f. Tomentosum

Leatherleaf viburnum

V. rhydophyllum

Old fashioned weigela

Weigela florida


Plants Frequently Damaged:

Balsam fir

Abies balsamea

Fraser fir

A. fraseri

Eastern redbud

Cercis canadensis 

Atlantic white cedar

Chamaecyparis thyoides


Clematis spp.


Cornus mas

Wintercreeper euonymus

E. fortunei

English ivy

Hedera helix

Apple and crabapple

Malus spp.

Cherry, peach and plum

Primus spp.


Rhododendron spp.


Rosa hybrids

European mountain ash

Sorbus aucuparia


Taxus species

American arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis


Compiled by: Edmond L. Marrotte, Consumer Horticulturist

Revised by UConn Home & Garden Education Center, 2005.

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