Are there any plants deer won't eat?

Deer constantly decimate the plants in my yard. I get tired of applying repellants to deter them. Are there any plants that they won't eat?
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If deer are hungry enough, they'll eat almost anything. However, they do have preferences in plants. Avoid growing plants favored by deer (see below). Instead grow those in the list of plants resistant to deer.

 

Plants somewhat resistant to deer:

  • American arborvitae; Thuja occidentalis; 3-7
  • Astilbe; Astilbe x arendsii; 3-8
  • Bald cypress; Taxodium distichum; 5-10
  • Barberry; Berberis spp.; 3-8
  • Barrenwort; Epimedium spp.; 4-8
  • Boxwood; Buxus spp.; (5)6-9
  • Bugleweed; Ajuga reptans; 3-9
  • Butterfly bush; Buddleia davidii; 5-9
  • Cardinal flower; Lobelia cardinalis; 3-9
  • Catawba rhododendron; Rhododendron catawbiense; 5-8
  • Dawn redwood; Metasequoia glyptostroboides; 5-8
  • Delphinium; Delphinium spp.; 2-7
  • Drooping leucothoe; Leucothoe fontanesiana; 5-8
  • European beech; Fagus sylvatica; (4)5-7
  • Flowering dogwood; Cornus florida; 5-9
  • Forsythia; Forsythia x intermedia; 4-8(9)
  • Foxglove; Digitalis purpurea; 3-8
  • Gardenia; Gardenia spp.; (7)8-10
  • Ginkgo; Ginkgo biloba; 4-8(9)
  • Green Ash, white ash; Fraxinus spp.; (2)3-9
  • Heavenly bamboo; Nandina domestica; 6-9(10)
  • Japanese kerria; Kerria japonica; 5-9
  • Japanese pieris; Pieris japonica; 5-9
  • Jasmine; Jasminum spp.; 8-10
  • Juniper; Juniperus spp.; 2-9
  • Larch; Larix spp.; (3)4-6(7)
  • Lenten rose; Helleborus orientalis; 4-9
  • Lungwort; Pulmonaria cvs.; 3-8
  • Lupine; Lupinus hybrids; 4-8
  • Narcissus, daffodil; Narcissus spp.; 3-8
  • Oleander; Nerium oleander; 8-10
  • Oregon grapeholly; Mahonia aquifolium; 5-9
  • Periwinkle; Vinca minor; 4-9
  • Russian olive; Elaeagnus angustifolia; 2-7
  • Russian sage; Perovskia atriplicifolia; 3-9
  • Sage; Salvia x superba; 4-9
  • Scotch broom; Cytissus scoparius; 5-8
  • Slender deutzia; Deutzia gracilis; (4)5-8
  • Smoke tree; Cotinus coggygria; (4)5-8
  • Speedwell; Veronica spicata; 3-8
  • Spotted deadnettle; Lamium maculatum; 4-8
  • Summersweet; Clethra alnifolia; 4-9
  • Sweet autumn clematis; Clematis terniflora; 5-8
  • Trumpet honeysuckle; Lonicera sempervirens; 4-9
  • Viburnum; Viburnum spp.; 2-8
  • White, Norway, Colorado spruces; Picea spp.; 2-7
  • Yaupon; Ilex vomitoria; 7-10

 

Plants favored by deer:

  • Anglo-Japanese yew; Taxus x media; (4)5-7
  • Apple; Malus sylvestris var. domestica; 3-10
  • Azalea; Rhododendron spp.; 4-10
  • Blackberry, raspberry; Rubus spp.; 4-9
  • Cherry, plum; Prunus spp.; 2-9
  • Coral bells; Heuchera sanguinea; 3-8
  • Coralberry, snowberry; Symphorocarpos spp.; 3-7
  • Daylily; Hemerocallis hybrids; 3-10
  • Downy serviceberry; Amelanchier arborea; 4-9
  • Eastern redbud; Cercis canadensis; 4-9
  • English Ivy; Hedera helix; 4-9
  • Fir; Abies spp.; 2-7
  • Garden phlox; Phlox paniculata; 3-8
  • Hosta; Hosta hybrids; 3-8
  • Hydrangea; Hydrangea spp.; 3-9
  • Japanese euonymus; Euonymus japonicus; 7-9
  • Lily; Lilium cvs.; 3-8
  • Norway maple; Acer platanoides; 3-7
  • Red-osier dogwood; Cornus stolonifera; 2-7
  • Rose; Rosa cvs.; 3-10
  • Showy stonecrop; Sedum spectabile; 3-10
  • Spiderwort; Tradescantia x virginiana; 4-9
  • Tulip; Tulipa hybrids; 3-8

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