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Deer Resistant
Some Native Shrubs and Vines that Deer Don't eat


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.

NJ Native Plant Information

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