Deer Resistant Plants

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  • Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) - deciduous shrub with white flowers and blue-black berries

  • Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) - has small purple berries in autumn; fall foliage yellow

  • Clethra Alnifolia (Summersweet) - ‘Hummingbird’ (small) and ‘Ruby Spice’ (pink blooms)

  • Elderberry (Sambuccus) - large shrub with edible flowers and berries.

  • Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica) - low and very wide groundcover type shrub, red fall foliage.

  • Holly, American (Ilex opaca) - female plant has berries only if pollinated by a male holly in the area.

  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea aborscens) - Smoothleaf hydrangea has white blooms on new growth so it can be pruned in spring

  • Leucothoe ( L. axillaris & L. fontanesiana) - a graceful broad leaf evergreen for shade

  • Physocarpus Opulifolia (Ninebark) - potentially large flowering shrub; can be pruned to size you prefer.

  • Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) - grows in light shade to full sun with weeks of scarlet fall foliage.


  • Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) - rampant vine with large orange or yellow blooms that attract hummingbirds (can be invasive as spreading roots send up additional shoots).

  • Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) - fast growing vine which clings to surfaces; red foliage in the fall if growing in sun.

Additional Information

For more information on Deer Resistant Plants pick up a brochure in Borough Hall.