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Deer-Resistant Trees To Grow

Jenn Smith

Posted on March 31 2020

Keeping deer out of yards is a full-time job for gardeners; and those that have had enough of deer damage in gardens want answers of how to rid deer from landscapes for good. 

Some conifer trees, such as honey locust, white oak and arborvitaes, are favored by deer and taste like candy. But, are there any deer-resistant trees to plant? Like certain plants, there are trees that deer can't stand the taste or smell of - but it probably has more to do with needles poking their tongues.

Here's a brief list of trees to grow to keep deer at bay from lawns and gardens courtesy of Matt Suwack of

  1. White Spruce (Picea Glaucus) – Zones 2-6
  2. Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens) – Zones 2-7
  3. Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba) – Zones 3-9
  4. Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) – Zones 3-9
  5. River Birch (Betla Nigra) – Zones 3-9
  6. Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) – Zones 4-8
  7. Black Tupelo (Nyssa Sylvatica) – Zones 4-9
  8. Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera) – Zones 4-9
  9. American Holly (Ilex Opaca) – Zones 5-9
  10. American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana) – Zones 5-9
  11. American Sweetgum (Liquidambar Styracifula) – Zones 5-9
  12. Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Florida) – Zones 5-9
  13. Pond Cypress (Taxodium Ascendens) – Zones 5-11
  14. Southern Magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora) – Zones 7-9
  15. Deodar Cedar (Cedrus Deodara) – Zones 7-11

These deer-resistant trees can be grown in the above zones to protect crops around the yard from deer browsing.