Deer Resistant List

It can be tough to find a list of deer resistant plants that will grow in Victoria, BC. Thanks to Russell Nursery for this list. Note, this is only a guide. Some deer may sample or develop a taste for any plant!
Trees

  • Acer circinatum (Vine Maple)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Silk Tree)
  • Crataegus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fig, edible
  • Fraxinus (Ash)
  • Ginko biloba (Maidenhair tree)
  • Magnolia
  • Palms
  • Quercus (Oak)
  • Rhus (Sumac)

Conifers

  • Abies (Fir)
  • Cedrus (Cedar)
  • Chamaecyparis (False Cypress)
  • Cupressus (Cypress)
  • Juniperus (Juniper)
  • Picea (Spruce)
  • Pinus (Pine)
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
  • Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood)
  • Taxus Yew)

Shrubs

  • Abelia
  • Arctostaphylos (Manzanita)
  • Bamboo
  • Berberis (Barberry)
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
  • Buxus (Boxwood)
  • Callistemon (Bottlebrush)
  • Calluna/Erica (Heather)
  • Carpenteria californica
  • Ceanothus (California Lilac)
  • Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince)
  • Choisya ternate (Mexican Orange)
  • Cistus (Rockrose)
  • Cotoneaster
  • Daphne
  • Elaeagnus
  • Escallonia
  • Fremontodendron (Flannel Bush)
  • Gaultheria shallon (Salal)
  • Hypericum
  • Ilex (Holly)
  • Kerria
  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Lavatera (Tree Mallow)
  • Mahonia
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo)
  • Potentilla
  • Pyracantha (Firethorn)
  • Rhododendron (not Azaleas)
  • Ribes (currant)
  • Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
  • Salvia (Sage)
  • Sarcococca
  • Syringa (Lilac)
  • Teuchrium (Germander)
  • Vaccinium ovatum (Evergreen Huckleberry)
  • Viburnum

Vines

  • Hedera (Ivy)
  • Jasminum (Jasmine)
  • Wisteria

Perennials/Bulbs

  • Acanthus mollis (Bear’s Breech)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aquilegia (Columbine)
  • Armeria (Thrift)
  • Artemisia
  • Aster
  • Astilbe
  • Centaurea
  • Centranthus ruber (Jupiter’s Beard)
  • Cerastium tomentosum (Snow in Summer)
  • Coreopsis
  • Crocosmia
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Dahlia
  • Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
  • Erigeron (Fleabane)
  • Erysimum (Wallflower)
  • Euphorbia
  • Ferns
  • Gaillardia
  • Grasses
  • Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)
  • Helleborus
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Herbs (except Basil)
  • Iberis (Candytuft)
  • Iris
  • Kniphofia uvaria (Redhot Poker)
  • Liriope/Ophiopogon (Lily Turf/Mondo Grass)
  • Lithodora
  • Lupinus (Lupine)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Nepeta
  • Papaver (Poppy)
  • Penstemon (Beard Tongue)
  • Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)
  • Phlox subulata
  • Santolina
  • Sisyrinchium
  • Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)
  • Veronica (Speedwell)

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