Indiana might not be home to list of exotic wildlife, but deer we do have. And this time of year, deer are out and about during the low temperature hours of the day searching for something to eat. If you live in an area with a moderate to high deer population, you might want to check if your trees are a potential target to deer tampering and damage. If you are already experiencing problems with nuisance deer as a result of your landscaping trees, it is wise to consider replacing them with some deer resistant species.
Continue reading for some top recommended evergreen and deciduous deer resistant tree species that are well-suited for Indiana hardiness zones.
What Deer Like About Trees
Deer are and never us, so they do not eat meat. What they do eat are fruits, nuts, and easily digestible vegetation like flower buds. During parts of the year when these items are not as available, deer will resort to eating tree bark and tree buds. Although all trees are prone to deer tampering, there are some species that they seem to not like as much. Trees that are safe from deer damage are those that are prickly or difficult to reach, produce sap or latex, and those that have fuzzy leaves, strong scented foliage, and a strong or bitter taste.
Evergreen Trees That are Resistant to Deer:
🌲 Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) – Hardiness Zones 3-7
🌲 Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) – Hardiness Zones 2-9
🌲 Norway Spruce (Picea abies) – Hardiness Zones 3-7
🌲 American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) – Hardiness Zones 2-7
Deciduous Trees That Are Resistant to Deer:
🌳 River Birch (Betula nigra) – Hardiness Zones 4-9
🌳 Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) – Hardiness Zones 2-7
🌳 Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) – Hardiness Zones 4-9
🌳 Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin Durazz) – Hardiness Zones 6-10
🌳 Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba) – Hardiness Zones 5-8
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