front yard tree

Asked April 5, 2019, 12:49 PM EDT

what would you suggest for a weeping, (or short), evergreen tree in a small front yard--that has deer roaming the streets and yards , in this High Dessert, of zone 6/b, Bend Oregon. ?? thank you , Vicky Grant

Oregon trees and shrubs deer resistant plants

1 Response

Hi Vicky,

Thank you for your question regarding a recommended small or weeping evergreen that is deer resistant, and that grows well in the Central Oregon climate.

I am attaching a link to the OSU Deschutes County Extension website, which lists a variety of garden publications. This website links to a document entitled, “Water-wise Gardening in Central Oregon”.

This publication describes plants that grow well in our climate and includes deer-resistant varieties. Evergreen trees and shrubs are discussed on pages 18-21. Plant photos, growing conditions and recommended varieties are included:

Two deer resistant evergreens you may want to consider are the Bristlecone pine or the weeping variety of the Colorado Blue Spruce. While the Bristlecone pine does get large over time, it is very slow growing. Therefore, it will remain small in the landscape for a long period of time. The Blue Spruce comes in several varieties, including dwarf cultivars and weeping varieties.

If you have more questions, or need additional information, please call the OSU Master Gardener Plant Clinic. You can call and talk with a Master Gardener or a member of the OSU Horticulture faculty at 541-548-6088. You can also submit questions to the Master Gardener Plant Clinic email:

We always welcome your home garden questions.