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Winter Berry Plants for Birds

By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Ask the Expert

Elements of Design


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Invite flocks to your backyard 'by Design' with fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and groundcovers in your landscapes. Feeding birds comes naturally with trees and shrubs with nutritious berries. They create a beautiful display with their fall colors and fruits add sparkle to your landscape. Handsome shrubs, the Vibumum and Chokeberry, have white springtime flowers, leaves that turn bright colors in autumn, and red and black fall berries. Brown Thrashers, Cedar Waxwings, and other birds feast on the long-lasting fruits which serve birds well in tough winters. Downy Woodpeckers, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Bluebirds and many other backyard birds are attracted to the dark fruits of the ornamental Pagoda Dogwood. These are also native to North America. Winterberry often goes unnoticed in a summer garden, but they stop traffic when the leaves drop in autumn and the berries ripen.

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