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The following is a list of landscape plants rated according to their resistance to deer damage. The list was compiled with input from nursery and landscape professionals, Cooperative Extension personnel, and Master Gardeners in Northern N.J.
Plant List – Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance by Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension
Remember that Reston Association has eight banned plants. Please see the brochure for more information. Please do not install invasive exotic plants.
Realizing that no plant is deer proof, plants in the Rarely Damaged, and Seldom Rarely Damaged categories would be best for landscapes prone to deer damage. Plants Occasionally Severely Damaged and Frequently Severely Damaged are often preferred by deer and should only be planted with additional protection such as the use of fencing, repellents, etc. Success of any of these plants in the landscape will depend on local deer populations and weather conditions.
Deer populations have increased creating an imbalance in the forest ecology. In response to resident concerns, the RA Board of Directors approved a bow-hunting policy for homeowner property. No hunting is permitted without board approval and submitting a request for bow hunting. The process for submitting a request to hunt can be found in the Use and Maintenance Standards Resolution 12, found on pages 24-26.
Please contact Fairfax County for more information about deer management in the county.