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New Jersey Deer Resistant Plants and Repellents




Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance, Rutgers Cooperative Extension 

Deer Country Gardens:  Our mission is to offer new, unusual and uncommon trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, annuals and edibles that are deer-resistant AND great garden plants!

Boxwood:  more than 150 kinds of commercially available boxwood, which come in many sizes, shapes, leaf forms and colors. Boxwood contains alkaloids that are toxic to deer, as well as humans.

     Deer don't eat peonies ... In northern New Jersey, peonies are the perfect plant. You don't have to irrigate peonies. You don't have to spray chemicals on peonies. They're natural, organic, easy on the water table, easy on the land. ...
     Wildflower: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Grows well in partial shade.  Will reseed. Blooms in early spring.
     Osmanthus heterophyllus, or false holly, is an evergreen shrub whose sometimes spiny leaves are unattractive to deer.
     Florida and Asian anise trees (Illicium), fragrant, glossy evergreen leaves and star-like flowers make for a beautiful plant, ability to withstand both deer and shade 
     Mahonia bealei. Commonly called leatherleaf mahonia, it yields blue fruits after the flowers and has spiny leaves that are similar to a regular holly.
     Danae racemosa, or poet’s laurel,  low-growing evergreen with a graceful, weeping habit and high shade tolerance.

A list of plants from the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Do you struggle with deer in your yard? In this video I will show you some of my favorite deer resistant plants. For longer list visit Rutgers University website. Enjoy!

How To Choose Deer Resistant Plants And Shrubs - New Jersey

  • Ageratum
  • Allegheny Spruce
  • American Holly
  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Anise
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Annual Vinca
  • Arrowwood Viurnum
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Barberry
  • Barrenwort
  • Basket of Gold
  • Bayberry
  • Bearberry
  • Big Bluestem
  • Bigleaf Goldenray
  • Bishop’s Weed
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Blue Fescue
  • Blue Mist Shrub
  • Blue Oat Grass
  • Bluebell
  • Bottlebrush Buckeye
  • Broom
  • Bugleweed
  • Bush Cinquefoil
  • Butter & Eggs
  • Buttercup
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Cactus
  • Catmint
  • Christmas Fern
  • Cinnamon Fern
  • Clump Bamboo
  • Common Boxwood
  • Common Foxglove
  • Common Tansy
  • Corydalis
  • Crown Imperial, Firtilia
  • Daffodil
  • Dame’s Rocket
  • Daphne
  • Devil’s Walking Stick
  • Drooping leucothoe
  • Dusty Miller
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  • European Ginger
  • False Camomile
  • False Indigo
  • Feather Reed Grass
  • Flowering Tobacco
  • Forget-me-not
  • Fountain Grass
  • Fragrant Sumac
  • Garden Sage 
  • Germander
  • Giant Japanese Silver Grass
  • Giant Reed
  • Golden Bamboo
  • Greek Jerusalem Sage 
  • Hakonechloa
  • Hard Rush
  • Hayscented Fern
  • Heath
  • Heather
  • Heliotrope
  • Holly Fern
  • Horehound
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Indian Grass
  • Irish
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • Japanese Black Pine
  • Japanese Blood Grass
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Japanese Pieris, Andromeda
  • Japanese Plum Yew
  • Japanese Sedge
  • Japanese Silver Grass
  • Japanese Skimmia
  • Japanese Sweet Flag
  • John T. Morris Holly
  • Katsura Tree
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Large Blue June Grass
  • Larkspur
  • Lavender
  • Lavender Cotton
  • Leatherleaf Mahonia
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lenten or Christmas Rose
  • Lily of the Vallley
  • Little Bluestem
  • Lungwort
  • Lyida Morris Holly
  • Lyme Grass
  • Marjoram 
  • May Apple 
  • Meadow Rue
  • Mimoasa
  • Mint
  • Monkshood
  • Moonglow Juniper
  • Mountain Pieris
  • New York Fern
  • Northern Sea Oats 
  • Oregano
  • Oregon Grape Holly 
  • Oriental Fountain Grass
  • Ornamental Onion
  • Ostrich Fern
  • Pacysandra
  • Pampus Grass
  • Paper Birch
  • Pawpaw
  • Peony
  • Pitch Pine
  • Poppy
  • Pot Marigold
  • Potentilla, Cinquefoil
  • Prince of Wales Juniper
  • Purple Moor Grass
  • Purple Rock-Cress
  • Ravenna Grass
  • Red Elderberry
  • Red Pine
  • River Birch 
  • Rock-Cress
  • Rocket Ligularia
  • Rodgers Flower
  • Rose Campion
  • Rosemary
  • Royal Fern
  • Rue
  • Russian Cypress
  • Russian Olive
  • Russian Sage
  • Sensitive Fern
  • Siberian Bugloss
  • Siberian Squill 
  • Silver Mound
  • Small Globe Thistle
  • Snapdragon
  • Snowdrops 
  • Snow-on-the-Mountain
  • Spider Flower
  • Spotted Deadnettle
  • Spurge
  • Statice
  • Strawflower
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Sweet Box
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Switch Grass
  • Tarragon
  • Threadleaf Coreopsis
  • Thyme
  • Variegated Purple Moor Grass
  • Weeping Love Grass
  • Wild Ginger
  • Winter Aconite
  • Wood Fern
  • Yucca

Deer Candy:

  • Tulips
  • American Arborvitae
  • Candy Lily
  • Cherries
  • European Mountain Ash
  • Evergreen Azaleas
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Pinxterbloom Azalea
  • Plums
  • Rhododendrons
  • Sea-Holly
  • Strawberry
  • Wintercreeper
  • Yews


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