OSU pub offers info on deer-resistant landscape plants

Last Updated: 
August 4, 2008

CORVALLIS - Home gardeners often have a "love-hate" relationship with deer. They are lovely to see, but they can be very destructive around homes, orchards and gardens in suburban and rural areas of Oregon.

A deer-proof fence may be the best insurance against deer damage, but landscaping with deer-resistant plants can also make a difference.

The Oregon State University Extension Service offers a circular, "Deer Resistant Ornamental Plants," to help home landscapers choose landscape plants unpalatable to deer for their area of Oregon. The four-page publication includes a climatic zone map for Oregon, and lists of deer-resistant perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees, vines and groundcovers. For each plant the appropriate climate zones are listed.

For more information on "Deer Resistant Ornamental Plants," EC 1440, visit our on-line catalog. Our publications and video catalog at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog shows which publications are available on the Web and which can be ordered as printed publications.

Author: Carol Savonen