Discouraging Foraging Deer

Minneapolis/St. Paul Deer Resistant Plants

This list will 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.

Trees

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

Shrubs

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
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
Taxus canadensis / Canada Yew

Vines

Scientific Name / Common Name

Celastrus scandens / American Bittersweet
Clematis virginiana / Virginia’s Bower
Parthenocissus inserta / Virginia Creeper
Vitis riparia / Riverbank Grape

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