Deer Resistant Evergreen Shrubs for Shade

The plants listed below are usually deer resistant (NOT DEER PROOF!). Unfortunately, the only guarantee is that deer will eat anything (even stuff on this list) if they are hungry enough.

Often, when plants are right out of the nursery, they are tender and supple, making them more appetizing to deer. We strongly recommend using deer repellent or deer netting until plants becomes more established. As the plants get older, they produce more lignins and tannins, making them more deer tolerant.

  • Abelia
  • Agarita
  • Althea
  • American Beauty Berry
  • Aspidistra
  • Aucuba Gold Dust
  • Aucuba Goldstrike
  • Azalea
  • Cherry Laurel
  • Cherry Laurel Brite & Tight
  • Columbine (Perennial)
  • Coralberry
  • Cross Vine
  • Eleagnus (some shade)
  • Fatsia (Aralia)
  • Fern Holly
  • Fern Wood (River)
  • Holly Burford
  • Holly Carissa
  • Holly Dwf Chinese
  • Holly Festive
  • Hollie Nellie Stevens
  • Holly Yaupon
  • Holly Yauponstokes DWF
  • Holly Yaupon Will Fleming
  • Holly Yaupon Weeping
  • Jasmine Primrose
  • Jasmine Florida (showy)
  • Ligustrum Lucidum
  • (Not Wax Leaf Ligustrum)
  • Mahonia Leatherleaf
  • Mahonia Bealei
  • Nandina
  • Nandina Compacta
  • Nandina Gulfstream
  • Nandina Harbor DWF
  • Nandina Nana
  • Nandina Purple Passion
  • Palm Washingtonia
  • Palm Windmill
  • Plumbago Dk Blue
  • Plumbago Lt Blue
  • Plumbago White
  • Podocarpus (yew)
  • Sago Palm
  • Salvia Greggii
  • (will tolerate some shade)
  • Southern Wax Myrtle
  • Sumac Evergreen
  • Viburnum Odoratissima
  • Viburnum Suspensum
  • Viburnum Tinus
  • Spring Bouquet