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Discouraging foraging deer: our least browsed list

Out Back Nursery has developed this list to help you select native plants that are less attractive to deer as a food source. They generally only browse these plants if they are starving.

Scientific Name / Common Name
Acer rubrum / Red Maple
Acer saccharinum / Silver Maple
Acer saccharum / Sugar Maple
Juniperus virginiana / Eastern Red Cedar
Picea glauca / White Spruce
Picea glauca densata / Black Hills Spruce
Picea mariana / Black Spruce
Pinus resinosa / Red Pine
Prunus serotina / Black Cherry
Quercus alba / White Oak
Quercus bicolor / Swamp White Oak
Quercus macrocarpa / Bur Oak
Quercus rubra / Red Oak
Tsuga canadensis / Canada Hemlock

Scientific Name / Common Name
Amphora canescens / Leadplant
Amphora fruiticosa / False Indigo
Cephalanthus occidentalis / Buttonbush
Cornus canadensis / Bunchberry
Diervilla lonicera / Bronzeleaf Diervilla
Ilex verticillata / Winterberry
Ledum groenlandicum / Labrador Tea
Physocarpus opulifolius / Common Ninebark
Rhus aromatica / Fragrant Sumac
Rosa palustrisv Swamp Rose
Rosa setigera / Prairie Rose
Salix lucida / Shining Willow
Shepherdia argentea / Silver Buffaloberry
Sambucus pubens / Red-berried Elder
Spiraea alba / Meadowsweet
Spiraea tomentosa / Hardhack or Steeplebush
Staphylia trifolia / Bladdernut
Symphoricarpos alba / White Snowberry
Viburnum trilobum / American High Bush Cranberry


Scientific Name / Common Name
Celastrus scandens / American Bittersweet
Clematis virginiana / Virgins Bower
Parthenocissus inserta / Virginia Creeper
Vitis riparia / Riverbank Grape


Corrugated Plastic Bark Guards can protect young trees from animal browsing.


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