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 Name Latin Botanical Tree Name
Allegheny Serviceberry Amelanchier laevis
American Holly Ilex opaca
Aquipernyi Holly Ilex x aquipernyi
Arizona Ash Fraxinus velutina
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
Birch Betula
Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
Brush Cherry Syzygium paniculatum
California Wax Myrtle Myrica californica
Canada Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
Catalina Ironwood Lyonothamnus floribundus
Chinaberry Tree Melia azedarach
Chinese Fringe Tree Chionanthus retusus
Chinese Paper Birch Betula albo-sinensis
Colorado Blue Spruce Picea pungens
Common Flowering Quince Chaenomeles speciosa
Common Sassafras Sassafras albidurn
Corkscrew Willow Salix matsudana tortuosa
Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Deodar Cedar Cedrus deodara
Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menziesii
Downy Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea
Dracaena Palm Cordyline australis
Dwarf Alberta Spruce Picea glauca 'Conica'
Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana
Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus
Edible Fig Ficus carica
English Hawthorn Crataegus laevigata
European Ash Fraxinus excelsior
European Beech Fagus sylvatica
European White Birch Betula pendula
False Cypress Chamaecyparis obtusa
Fig Ficus
Fir Abies
Flameleaf Sumac Rhus lanceolata
Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida
Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba
Goldenrain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Gordonia Gordonia lisianthus
Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Hawthorn Crataegus
Heritage Birch Betula nigra 'Heritage'
Himalayan Birch Betula jacquemontii
Himalayan Dogwood Cornus capitata
Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Japanese Black Pine Pinus thunbergiana
Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica
Japanese Falsecypress Chamaecyparis pisifera
Japanese Flowering Cherry Prunus serrulata
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Japanese Red Pine Pinus densiflora
Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Kousa Dogwood Cornus kousa
Leyland Cypress Cupressocyparis x leylandii
Mescal Bean Sophora secundiflora
Mexican Blue Palm Erythea armata
Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Norway Spruce Picea abies
Paper Birch Betula papyrifera
Paperbark Maple Acer griseurn
Pawpaw Asimina triloba
Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Pine Pinus
Pitch Pine Pinus rigida
Ponytail Palm Beaucarnea recurvata
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Red Pine Pinus resinosa
River Birch Betula nigra
Roughleaf Dogwood Cornus drummondii
Ruby Horsechestnut Aesculus x carnea
Russian Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris
Serbian Spruce Picea omorika
Shadbush Amelanchier canadensis
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Soapbark Tree Quillaja saponaria
Sourwood Oxydendrum arboreum
Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
Spruce Picea
Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Texas Persimmon Diospyros texana
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera
White Spruce Picea glauca
Windmill Palm Trachycarpus fortunei
Yellow Birch Betula lutea

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Note; A list of deer resistant Shrubs is here.