Deer-Resistant Plants for Central Oregon

Below is a list of plants that tend to be more deer-resistant. Deer-resistant does not mean deer-proof, and even the plants on this list will get nibbled on from time to time. Deer browsing depends upon the available food source for that year, time of year, location, deer species, and simple curiosity. The only sure-fire way to keep the deer from nibbling is to put up a tall enough fence. Use this list as a guideline and good luck!

Trees

  • Abies concolor Concolor Fir
  • Abies grandis Grand Fir
  • Abies lasiocarpa Sub-alpine Fir
  • Acer circinatum Vine Maple
  • Acer negundo Boxelder
  • Betula papyrifera Paper Birch
  • Betula pendula European White Birch
  • Calocedrus decurrens Incense Cedar
  • Cedrus negundo Atlas Cedar
  • Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Port Orford Cedar
  • Cornus kousa Kousa Dogwood
  • Crataegus laevigata English Hawthorn
  • Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian Olive
  • Fagus sylvatica European Beech
  • Fraxinus spp. Green Ash or White Ash
  • Gleditsia triacanthos Honey Locust
  • Ilex spp. Holly
  • Juniperus spp. Juniper
  • Larix occidentalis Western Larch
  • Picea abies Norway Spruce
  • Picea glauca White Spruce
  • Picea pungens Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Pinus aristata Bristlecone Pine
  • Pinus mugo Mugo Pine
  • Pinus nigra Austrian Pine
  • Pinus sylvestris Scots Pine
  • Prunus serrulata Japanese Flowering Cherry
  • Quercus palustris Pin Oak
  • Quercus rubra Red Oak
  • Robinia pseudoacacia Black Locust
  • Robinia x ambigua “Idahoensis” Pink Idaho Locust
  • Salix matsudana tortuosa Corkscrew Willow
  • Sorbus aucuparia Mountain Ash
  • Syringa reticulata Japanese Tree Lilac

Shrubs

  • Berberis spp. Barberry
  • Buddleja davidii (cultivars) Butterfly Bush
  • Caragana spp. Pea Shrub
  • Caryopteris clandonenis Bluebeard
  • Chaenomeles spp. Flowering Quince
  • Chamaebatiaria millifolium Desert Sweet
  • Chrysothamnus nauseosus Gray Rabbitbrush
  • Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus Green Rabbitbrush
  • Cornus stolonifera Red Osier Dogwood
  • Cotinus coggygria Smoke Tree
  • Cotoneaster spp. Cotoneaster
  • Daphne spp. Daphne
  • Forsythia spp. Forsythia
  • Genista lydia False Broom
  • Ilex spp. Holly
  • Juniperus spp. Juniper
  • Kolkwitzia amabilis Beauty Bush
  • Ligustrum spp. Privet
  • Lonicera tatarica ‘Arnold’s Red’ Arnold’s Red Honeysuckle
  • Mahonia aquifolium Oregon Grape Holly
  • Opuntia spp. Prickly Pear
  • Picea abies ‘Pumila’ Pumila Spruce
  • Potentilla fruticosa Shrubby Potentilla
  • Pyracantha spp. Firethorn
  • Rhamnus spp. Buckthorn
  • Rhododendron spp. Rhododendron
  • Sambucus racemosa Red Elderberry
  • Shepherdia canadensis Buffaloberry
  • Spiraea nipponica Snowmound
  • Spirea Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac
  • Viburnum spp. Viburnum
  • Yucca filamentosa Adam’s Needle Yucca

Vines

  • Clematis spp. Clematis
  • Hedera helix English Ivy
  • Wisteria floribunda Japanese Wisteria

Perennials & Bulbs

  • Achillea spp. Yarrow
  • Aconitum spp. Monkshood
  • Adenophora confusa Ladybells
  • Aegopodium podagraria Bishop’s Weed
  • Agastache rupestris Hyssop
  • Ajuga reptans Carpet Bugle
  • Allium spp. Onion/Garlic
  • Allium senescens ‘Glaucum’ Ornamental Onion
  • Amorpha canescens Leadplant
  • Anthemis spp. Marguerite Daisy
  • Aquilegia spp. Columbine
  • Artemisia spp. Wormwood or Sage
  • Artemisia tridentata Big Sagebrush
  • Aurinia saxatilis Basket of Gold
  • Balsamorhiza sagittata Arrow-leaf Balsamroot
  • Baptisia australis False Indigo
  • Caryopteris clandonenis Bluebeard
  • Centaurea cyanus Bachelor’s Button
  • Cerastium tomentosum Snow in Summer
  • Coreopsis grandiflora Coreopsis or Tickseed
  • Coreopsis verticillata Threadleaf Coreopsis
  • Delphinium spp. Delphinium
  • Dianthus barbatus Sweet William
  • Dianthus deltoides Maiden Pinks
  • Dicentra spp. Bleeding Heart
  • Digitalis spp. Foxglove
  • Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
  • Eriogonum spp. Buckwheat
  • Euphorbia spp. Spurge
  • Falugia paradoxa Apache Plume
  • Gaillardia spp. Blanket Flower
  • Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff
  • Geranium spp. Cranesbill
  • Geum spp. Grecian Rose
  • Gypsophila spp. Baby Breath
  • Helenium spp. Sneezeweed
  • Helianthus spp. Sunflower
  • Helleborus spp. Hellebore
  • Hemerocallis spp. Daylily
  • Hesperis matronalis Dame’s Rocket
  • Hyssopus officinalis Hyssop
  • Iris spp. Iris
  • Kniphofia uvaria Red-hot Poker
  • Lamium spp. Deadnettle
  • Lavandula spp. Lavender
  • Liatris spp. Gayfeather
  • Linum lewisii Blue Flax
  • Lomatium spp. Desert Parsley
  • Lupinus spp. Lupine
  • Lychnis chalcedonica Maltese Cross
  • Lychnis coronaria Rose Campion
  • Narcissus spp. Daffodil, Narcissus
  • Nepeta spp. Catmint
  • Oenothera spp. Evening Primrose
  • Origanum spp. Oregano
  • Paeonia spp. Peony
  • Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy
  • Penstemon spp. Penstemon
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage
  • Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant
  • Potentilla verna ‘Nana’ Creeping potentilla
  • Ratibida spp. Mexican Hat
  • Rheum spp. Rhubarb
  • Rudbeckia spp. Black-eyed Susan
  • Salvia nemorosa Sage
  • Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender Cotton
  • Saponaria spp. Soapwort
  • Scabiosa spp. Pincushion
  • Silene spp. Catchfly
  • Solidago spp. Goldenrod
  • Stachys byzantina Lamb’s Ear
  • Sphaeralcea munroana Orange Globe Mallow
  • Tanacetum spp. Tansy & Feverfew
  • Teucrium spp. Germander
  • Thymus spp. Thyme
  • Vinca minor Periwinkle
  • Wyethia spp. Mule’s Ears

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