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List of Deer Resistant or Deer Proof Trees

deer damage to tree trunk and bark
Deer damage to a young tree trunk and bark

Deer are often the cause of damage to trees by two ways, eating or rubbing or both. See the List of Deer Resistant Trees below that can withstand deer damage or they are trees the deer avoid altogether.

Damage to landscape trees has become an increasing issue because of rising deer population, and the spreading of suburban development into the deer's natural habitat. There are restrictions on deer hunting and there are decreasing amounts of natural predators that are partly the cause of these increased deer populations.

Gardeners and landscapers may have to consider different methods to prevent deer damage. One solution is to use deer resistant trees, or deer proof trees. There are very few trees that are entirely deer resistant. However, some trees are less attractive to deer than others. One of the other best prevention methods against deer damage is a fence, however this may be impractical in some situations. There are plenty of deer repelling products available also.

Deer and trees

The most aesthetically pleasing way to combat the deer damage problem is to landscape with deer resistant plants. There are several reasons a plant can be deer resistant. Many plants are poisonous at some point during their growth stage, and some of the most deer resistant are poisonous at all times. The taste and digestibility also vary with plant age, growth stage and time of year.

When planning landscapes with trees, perennials and ornamental trees, it is important to research their attractiveness to deer in order to avoid browsing damage when the cold season arrives. Note; A list of deer resistant Shrubs is here.

List of Deer Resistant Trees

List of Deer Proof Trees With Common and Botanical Names
Common Tree NameLatin Botanical Tree Name
Allegheny ServiceberryAmelanchier laevis
American HollyIlex opaca
Aquipernyi HollyIlex x aquipernyi
Arizona AshFraxinus velutina
Austrian PinePinus nigra
Bald CypressTaxodium distichum
Black LocustRobinia pseudoacacia
Brush CherrySyzygium paniculatum
California Wax MyrtleMyrica californica
Canada HemlockTsuga canadensis
Catalina IronwoodLyonothamnus floribundus
Chinaberry TreeMelia azedarach
Chinese Fringe TreeChionanthus retusus
Chinese Paper BirchBetula albo-sinensis
Colorado Blue SprucePicea pungens
Common Flowering QuinceChaenomeles speciosa
Common SassafrasSassafras albidurn
Corkscrew WillowSalix matsudana tortuosa
Date PalmPhoenix dactylifera
Dawn RedwoodMetasequoia glyptostroboides
Deodar CedarCedrus deodara
Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesii
Downy ServiceberryAmelanchier arborea
Dracaena PalmCordyline australis
Dwarf Alberta SprucePicea glauca 'Conica'
Eastern Red CedarJuniperus virginiana
Eastern White PinePinus strobus
Edible FigFicus carica
English HawthornCrataegus laevigata
European AshFraxinus excelsior
European BeechFagus sylvatica
European White BirchBetula pendula
False CypressChamaecyparis obtusa
FigFicus
FirAbies
Flameleaf SumacRhus lanceolata
Flowering DogwoodCornus florida
GinkgoGinkgo biloba
Goldenrain TreeKoelreuteria paniculata
GordoniaGordonia lisianthus
Green AshFraxinus pennsylvanica
HawthornCrataegus
Heritage BirchBetula nigra 'Heritage'
Himalayan BirchBetula jacquemontii
Himalayan DogwoodCornus capitata
Honey LocustGleditsia triacanthos
Japanese Black PinePinus thunbergiana
Japanese CedarCryptomeria japonica
Japanese FalsecypressChamaecyparis pisifera
Japanese Flowering CherryPrunus serrulata
Japanese MapleAcer palmatum
Japanese Red PinePinus densiflora
Katsura TreeCercidiphyllum japonicum
Kousa DogwoodCornus kousa
Leyland CypressCupressocyparis x leylandii
Mescal BeanSophora secundiflora
Mexican Blue PalmErythea armata
MimosaAlbizia julibrissin
Norway MapleAcer platanoides
Norway SprucePicea abies
Paper BirchBetula papyrifera
Paperbark MapleAcer griseurn
PawpawAsimina triloba
PersimmonDiospyros virginiana
PinePinus
Pitch PinePinus rigida
Ponytail PalmBeaucarnea recurvata
Red MapleAcer rubrum
Red PinePinus resinosa
River BirchBetula nigra
Roughleaf DogwoodCornus drummondii
Ruby HorsechestnutAesculus x carnea
Russian OliveElaeagnus angustifolia
Scotch PinePinus sylvestris
Serbian SprucePicea omorika
ShadbushAmelanchier canadensis
Silver MapleAcer saccharinum
Soapbark TreeQuillaja saponaria
SourwoodOxydendrum arboreum
Southern MagnoliaMagnolia grandiflora
SprucePicea
Striped MapleAcer pensylvanicum
Sugar MapleAcer saccharum
SweetgumLiquidambar styraciflua
Texas PersimmonDiospyros texana
Tulip TreeLiriodendron tulipifera
White SprucePicea glauca
Windmill PalmTrachycarpus fortunei
Yellow BirchBetula lutea

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Note; A list of deer resistant Shrubs is here.

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