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Plants to deter rabbits

Not all wildlife is welcome in the garden. Rabbits can be serious pests causing widespread damage to ornamental plants and fencing is not always practical. The following plants tend to deter rabbits because of their smell, taste, leaf texture or thorns. However, in a severe winter even they are not safe from rabbits!

Trees and Shrubs

  • Arbutus (Strawberry Tree) Fuschia – some varieties
  • Aucuba (Laurel) Hydrangea
  • Betula (Silver Birch) Kalmia latifolia (Calico Bush)
  • Buxus sempervirens (Box) Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’
  • Ceanothus – some varieties Olearia haastii
  • Choisya ternate Philadelphus
  • Cytisus – some varieties Prunus (Cherry) – some varieties
  • Daphne mezereum Ribes (Currant)
  • Deutzia Rose – prickly varieties only
  • Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’ Sambucus (Elder)
  • Escallonia – some varieties Skimmia
  • Eucalyptus (Gum Tree) Syringa
  • Euphorbia – some varieties Viburnum tinus
  • Fatsia japonica Yucca
  • Fuschia – some varieties
  • Hydrangea
  • Kalmia latifolia (Calico Bush)
  • Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’
  • Olearia haastii
  • Philadelphus
  • Prunus (Cherry) – some varieties
  • Ribes (Currant)
  • Rose – prickly varieties only
  • Sambucus (Elder)
  • Skimmia
  • Syringa
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Yucca