Deer Plant: Mistletoe (Phoradendron tomentosum)
Class: browse; highly preferred
Description: An evergreen parasitic shrub on other shrubs and trees. The species’ name refers to the dense hair-like covering on young leaves and stems. Most commonly found on Mesquite and Hackberry found in the central U.S. All parts of the plant are poisonous and can be fatal to humans and livestock, but are enjoyed by white-tailed deer.
Fruits are also eaten by some species of birds.