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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Deer Resistant Hedges

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Deer Resistant Hedges

Top 10 Deer – Resistant Hedges

Many of us battle daily with large resident deer populations that love to devour our rose bushes, fruit trees, and generally our favorite and most prized plants. While some small things can be protected with fencing or deer-repellant spray, these defenses are simply not practical for protecting long hedges.

Fortunately, we grow a selection of deer proof hedges as well as hedges that deer just don’t prefer to eat unless they are really hungry. Not only does planting a deer-resistant hedge keep them from eating the hedge itself, but planting a tall hedge around the rest of your garden will help keep the deer away from everything else, as they prefer not to jump over borders that they can’t see over. This will also help protect small trees that they like to rub on even if they don’t care to eat them.

These are our top 9 deer-resistant hedges:

Deer-Proof Hedges

Disclaimer: we can’t really promise that anything is fully “deer-proof”, as some deer have different tastes and very hungry deer will be a lot less picky. Based on our experience, though, these five are about as close to deer resistant shrubs as you can get:

Green Mountain Boxwood

deer resistant shrubs

Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is a hybrid boxwood hedge that deer avoid at all costs. The leaves are dry and leathery, and there is a faint hint of feline urine in the smell when the foliage is bruised. If a deer had to choose between eating boxwood and starving to death, it would probably choose the latter. One of the best deer resistant shrubs to be considered.

Cherry-Laurels

Cherry-Laurels are a tried and true deer-proof hedge. All three of our types – English (Prunus laurocerasus), Schip (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’), and Portuguese (Prunus lusitanica) – are totally unattractive to deer. It might be the smell, taste, or tough texture of the leaves, or possibly a combination of factors. We don’t really care what it is, honestly, just knowing that it works is enough for us.

deer resistant shrubs

Virescens Western Red Cedar

Virescens Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’) is native to the western coast & widely used deer resistant shrubs in the United States. No one really knows why, but deer completely leave it alone. It is very similar to the American Arborvitae of the east coast, which deer devour, so it seems like they should eat this one, too. All we can say is “they don’t.”

Virescens Western Red Cedar

Virescens Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’) is native to the western coast of the United States. No one really knows why, but deer completely leave it alone. It is very similar to the American Arborvitae of the east coast, which deer devour, so it seems like they should eat this one, too. All we can say is “they don’t.”

Green Giant Arborvitae

Green Giant Arborvitae is a hybrid between Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) and Japanese Arborvitae (Thuja standishii). It seems to have inherited extreme deer-resistance from its Western Red Cedar parent, because they don’t touch this one either. It grows fast, which is another bonus since it can quickly become a tall enough hedge to discourage them from trying to leap over it or go through it. Also, Discover more hedges. One of the best deer resistant shrubs to be considered.

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Teton Firethorn

Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’), as the name suggests, is covered in long, sharp thorns. Deer seem to look past the thorns on roses, but rose thorns seem fleshy and soft when compared with those of the Firethorn. They are sharp. They grow quickly, too, so they make a great fence to keep deer out of the whole garden.

Teton Firethorn

Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’), as the name suggests, is covered in long, sharp thorns. Deer seem to look past the thorns on roses, but rose thorns seem fleshy and soft when compared with those of the Firethorn. They are sharp. They grow quickly, too, so they make a great fence to keep deer out of the whole garden.

Deer-Resistant Hedges

Most deer, if not too desperate, will avoid these hedges. Part of it has to do with timing, especially for the deciduous hedges on this list, as the trees are leafless when the deer are the most hungry. Others are just not preferred.

European Beech

European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is not a deer-favorite. In summer, the leaves are a bit tough and leathery, and there are lots of other and more desirable options to choose from. In winter, when other options are limited, the beech has only bare branches and dry, crunchy leaves. Not exactly a choice salad.