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Winter Berry Plants for Birds


By Peggi J. Redalen

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Ask the Expert

Invite flocks to your backyard 'by design' with fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and groundcovers in our landscape. Feeding birds comes naturally with trees and shrubs with nutritious berries. They create a beautiful display with their fall colors and fruit add sparkle to your landscape. Handsome shrubs, the Viburnum 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. There 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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