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Rabbit Resistant Trees & Shrubs & Plants 

The following plants are said to be 'Rabbit proof' or rabbit resistant. Much will depend on the stage of growth. For instance, Geraniums are listed, but young growth may be 'attacked'!

It seems that much depends upon what part of the country you live determines whether or not a certain plant will be resistant to Rabbit damage.

This list is drawn up from personal experience - mainly in South East England, in a wide range of garden situations. Some of the subjects I have planted in other gardens - and of course met with failure!

If any visitor has useful comment, or experience of 'resisting' Rabbit damage to their plants, then please let us know, so that we can make this a more meaningful list. Just bear in mind that we are talking of 'plants' and not methods that are seemingly unpalatable to Rabbits. (Some of the time!)

 


Trees which are resistant to rabbits

Alnus
Arbutus
Betula
Ilex
Laburnum
Pinus nigra
Taxus

Most trees have a greater tendency to be resistant to rabbits as the get older.

Trees with thin, papery bark, seem to be the most sought after.

(Much easier for the rabbit to get to the sweeter layer under the tough bark.)

Shrubs with inbuilt rabbit resistance. Some are more resistant than others

Arbutus
Aucuba
Berberis
Buddlejah
Buxus
Ceanothus
Choisya ternata
Clematis
Cornus
Cotoneaster - but not simondsii
Daphne
Deutzia
Elaeagnus
Fatsia
Fuchsia megallanica
Gaultheria
Hippophae rhaminoides
Hidrangea
Hypericum
Ilex
Kalmia
 

All of the above are said to be resistant to rabbits. The resistance however, depends upon many factors.

Laurel
Lancer
Olearia haastii
Pernettya mucronata
Philadelphus
Ligustrum (Privet)
Rhododendron/Azalea
Rhus
Ribes
Roses - Prickly Species
Rosemarinus
Ruscus
Sambucus
Skimmia japonica types
Spiraea types
Symphoricarpus
Syringa
Taxus
Ulex
Viburnum opulus and tinus types
Vinca
Yucca.

Resistance is varied. Some are totally resistant to rabbits

Rabbit Resistant Perennials

Acanthus
Aconitum
Anemone
Aquilegia
Astilbe
Bergenia
Cortaderia
Epimedium
Eryngium
Euphorbia
Geranium
Helleborus orientalis
Hemerocallis
Kniphofia
Polygonatum
(Persicaria)
Salvia superba
Saxifraga umbrosa
Sedum spectabilis

By David Hughes - info@gardenseeker.com 


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