Deer resistant arborvitae or similar plant

Asked April 28, 2015, 10:29 PM EDT

Hello. The 8 foot 2 year old arborvitae at the edge of the house has been eaten on one side by deer and now looks like a crescent moon. I need a deer resistant substitute that is a good end of house framing tall, cylindrical like shrub growing between 10-15 feet tall max. I heard about gentle giant arborvitae, but they get too big. I read that nandina are deer resistant, but i have one nearby already. I'm also considering holly, pieris, and a big rhododendron. Please help!!! I don't know what I'm doing. Thanks. P.S. Part sun, mostly shade. Arborvitae was growing okay until it became lunch..

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Please see our list of deer resistant ornamentals for some suggestions. Keep in mind that deer may browse on any new plantings until mature. So you may want to initially protect them with repellents or deer netting.
Consider Dragon Lady Holly, San Jose, Holly, and Foster holly.