Zone 7 – Deer Resistant Shrub: What Are Bushes That Deer Don’t Like?

The following are some of the most common questions asked by readers about deer resistant shrubs zone 7. You may ask your own question or add to our list of frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions please leave them in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

What are bushy bushes that deer don’t like?

Bushes that deer avoid are called “bushy” because they grow tall and bushlike. They look like trees but aren’t trees. These bushes usually have long stems with multiple branches. Some examples include:

Pineapple Bush (Pinus palustris)

Blackthorn (Taraxacum officinale)

White Birch (Betula papyrifera)

 These bushes are not only tall, but they also have many leaves. They’re often used for shade, especially when grown in containers or pots.

What are the best evergreen shrubs for deer?

The best evergreen shrubs for deer resistant are ones that don’t have many leaves. Deer love to eat leaves, which is why trees make bad shrubs if you want to avoid deer. Evergreen shrubs should be bushy and low to the ground. They’re also good for stopping lateral wind. Most evergreens have thorns or sharp edges. These attributes make them good deer-proof shrubs.

Thorny types of shrubs can be used as fences to surround gardens. If they are planted in a circle, deer will have a hard time getting inside the circle. Below are some good types of evergreen shrubs:

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Lavender Spike (Holocanthus stenopetalus)

Iceland Mogho (Eriobea variegata)

Sea Holly (Eryngium campestre)

Argentinian Bamboo (Guadua angustifolia)

What are the best evergreen trees for deer?

The best evergreen trees for deer are the ones that have thorns or sharp edges. These trees are only ideal if you want to form a protective barrier around your property. Most evergreens have prickly leaves and small trunks. The best types of evergreen trees for deer proofing are:

Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii)

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Fir (Abies spp. and Pinus spp.)

St. John’s-Wort (Hypericum spp. and Leptospermum spp.)

Hackberry (Celtis spp.)

Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)

The most important thing to remember if you live in an area with heavy deer populations is to plant or grow tall bushes and trees. You can also surround your garden with thorny shrubs and small trees. If you want to protect your garden from deer, you can build a fence around it. If you do this, make sure the fence is at least eight feet high. If a deer tries to jump over the fence they might get stuck and not be able to free themselves because their antlers are caught on the wire.

If none of these methods work for you, there is one thing you can try that will 100% guarantee that deer won’t eat your gardens or flowers. Move. Deer tend to stay in the same areas their whole life. If you don’t want deer around, move to a different area. This method won’t work for some people because there might be restrictions on what you can and cannot do on your property.

If all else fails, you can always make your garden wildlife friendly. Put up a sign that warns deer (and other animals) that your garden is protected by Scanlan Security Systems and anything eating the plants will be shot on sight. This method isn’t foolproof, but it should deter most deer.

It’s also important to remember if you live in an area with heavy deer populations that you never feed them. If you do, you’re just asking for trouble. Deer that are fed by humans almost never leave that area because they rely on the easy food source. This causes a lack of natural selection and eventually leads to the deer population growing too large for the area’s resources to support.

If you want to feed deer, go to a zoo or a wildlife park. These parks have food specifically for feeding animals and plants. This is a much better alternative because these places were set up with wild animals in mind. Your yard or garden is not!

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Deer repellents

There are many different types of deer repellents. They can all be placed in or around a garden to keep deer from eating the plants. Most repellents consist of the scent of other animals, noise, or something to scare the deer. Some repellents work better than others, but none of them are foolproof.

Many gardeners have had the best luck with a combination of repellents. If you want to keep deer away try putting up a fence (if you don’t already have one), planting the right type of plants, using an animal pee repellent, and playing loud music. This method has been known to work well.


Many gardeners have had success keeping deer out of their yard by putting up a fence. The type of fence you put up is entirely up to you. Some people have had luck with an electric fence, while others prefer the traditional barbed wire fence. It’s really up to your personal preference. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you might want to go with the electric fence, since it’s easier to see if a deer tries to crawl under it in the winter.

If you only need the fence to be a visual deterrent, then barbed wire would probably work just as well and is cheaper.

If you already have a fence around your yard and you’ve just discovered that deer are eating your garden, you don’t need to do anything except add to it. Get some plastic carpet protector runners and slide them under the bottom wire of your fence. The deer won’t be able to crawl under the fence without getting caught on the carpet protectors and you can easily see if any have been moved by looking on the ground outside of your fence.

Plant the right plants

The single best way to keep deer away from your plants is to plant something that they don’t like to eat. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for every type of vegetation.

Sources & references used in this article:

50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat by RR Clausen – 2011 –

Deer-resistant Landscaping: Proven Advice and Strategies for Outwitting Deer and 20 Other Pesky Mammals by N Soderstrom – 2009 –

Love♥ it by G LEWIS – fine gardening, 2019 –



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