Homeowners in areas with high deer populations need deer resistant trees. Is the case for you? Then, it is worth knowing that few trees are deer-proof. In other words, deer resistant trees are those that most deer will avoid most of the time. The fact is, a desperate deer will eat just about anything. However, there are many deer resistant trees that grow well in Webster and Western NY.
Deer Resistant Trees by Rating
So, we know that no plant is deer-proof. We also know that some trees are more resistant than others. For example, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension defines four levels of deer resistance:
- rarely damaged
- seldom severely damaged
- occasionally severely damaged
- frequently severely damaged
Homeowners in Monroe County would be wise to choose trees rated rarely damaged and seldom severely damaged. This will give you the best chance of having a beautiful landscape in spite of our dense whitetail deer population.
Rarely Damaged Trees
|Common Name||Latin Name|
|American Holly||Ilex opaca|
|Dwarf Alberta Spruce||Picea glauca ‘Conica’|
|Paper Birch||Betula papyrifera|
|Pitch Pine||Pinus rigida|
|Red Pine||Pinus resinosa|
|River Birch||Betula nigra|
In addition to being highly deer resistant, these trees can offer many benefits. For instance, the Pawpaw can grow in shade and its tropical-like fruit is a great addition to a forest garden. Whereas, the River Birch can grow in wet and flooded areas. Moreover, the Paper Birch and Pitch Pine are valuable wildlife plants that can attract birds to your landscape.
Seldom Severely Damaged Trees
|Common Name||Latin Name|
|Allegheny Serviceberry||Amelanchier laevis|
|Austrian Pine||Pinus nigra|
|Colorado Blue Spruce||Picea pungens|
|Corkscrew Willow||Salix matsudana tortuosa|
|Douglas Fir||Pseudotsuga menziesii|
|Downy Serviceberry||Amelanchier arborea|
|Eastern Red Cedar||Juniperus virginiana|
|Honey Locust||Gleditsia triacanthos|
|Norway Spruce||Picea abies|
|Red Maple||Acer rubrum|
|Sugar Maple||Acer saccharum|
|Tulip Tree||Liriodendron tulipifera|
Again, in addition to good deer resistance, many of these trees have extra benefits. For example, deer resistant evergreens such as the Norway Spruce and Eastern Red Cedar also make great privacy trees and windbreak trees. Similarly, Serviceberry varieties and Tulip Trees have ornamental and wildlife value with blooms and fruits.
Webster Tree Service for your Deer Resistant Landscape
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