Even the brown thrasher and red-eyed vireo come for the dark blue fruit. All are searching for food to give them the energy they need to survive the prolonged stress of cold and wet weather. Foraging birds need a diet of heavy-duty foods full of sugars and fats on a regular basis to thrive over the cold winter months. Attracts: Northern flicker, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing, eastern bluebird, Swainson’s thrush, robins, warblers. "They can't eat during the night and they burn off whatever food calories they found during the day. (Although birds love them, remember that holly berries are toxic to humans and pets.) Zone: 3 – 6. Subscribe to OregonLive. Golden Glow is one of the best pyracanthas for bright yellow berries that outlast any shrubs with red berries and as it also produces a dense network of armoured stems, it will give birds shelter and likely become a great nesting site for small birds SIGN-UP FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION AND UPDATES ON NEW PLANTS, 817 E. MONROVIA PLACEAZUSA, CALIFORNIA 91702-1385, LEGACY OUR STORY NURSERY LOCATIONS SUSTAINABILITY PRESS CAREERS INTERNSHIPS, FIND A MONROVIA PROFESSIONAL BECOME A MONROVIA PRO, CONTACT US FAQs RETURN POLICY SHIPPING INFO HOW TO ORDER ONLINE. These shrubs are small trees that draw insects and birds. Hedgehogs, mice, birds and insects all enjoy the seclusion. White blossom; masses of winter berries, vicious thorns. 5 berry-bearing shrubs to feed birds in winter, Kym Pokorny | For The Oregonian/OregonLive. Attracts: Robins, waxwings, juncos, towhees, sparrows, grouse, pheasants. Birds can’t seem to get enough of the sweet, dark purple berries! Image Credits: Many thanks to the following for sharing their spectacular work with us. In autumn it provides berries and shelter for birds such as thrushes, warblers and bullfinches. © 2020 MONROVIA NURSERY COMPANY. The summer flowers and berries appeal to species like Eastern bluebirds, cedar waxwings, and robins. Heavenly Bamboo Berries and Birds. Hardy to Zone 6.Pacific wax myrtle (Myrica californica) is an evergreen that grows up to 30 feet at maturity, making it a popular option for a screen or small tree in the garden. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. m_gallery_blog_id = "4450"; Many berry-loving birds, such as redwings and blackbirds, love hawthorn trees, as do finches and starlings. Bayberry, also referred to as candleberry, sweet gale, and wax myrtle, is a genus of around 35-50 small trees and shrubs. Providing a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines with natural food sources and shelter can double the number of bird species that come to your yard in winter. Viburnums are the stalwart of any good shrub border and not surprisingly they are also equally important plants for creating good bird habitat. Hardy to Zone 7. While not always the prettiest of shrubs, berberis (also known as 'barberry') are hardy and tolerate all but dry soils, and provide valuable ground cover for birds, as well as berries. Attracts: Robins, bluebirds, thrushes, vireos, kingbirds, juncos, cardinals, warblers. chokecherry Best way to bring birds to your yard this winter is to provide for their three major needs: abundant, regular food, clean water, and shelter from winds and cold. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. 5. Some serviceberries are considered small-scale trees, but they don’t grow too large, so both tree and shrub work nicely in smaller landscapes. PRIVACY POLICY|TERMS & CONDITIONS|SITE MAP. Planting many different varieties also ensures that birds won’t focus too much on a single bush, like what happened to this silverberry. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Cornus – Dogwoods are an ideal garden plant, best known for the bright stems that shine out in winter, with fiery shades to warm the garden. Berries are full of sugars, fats, and antioxidants with lots of the calories that birds need to survive freezing winter nights. m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; Hardy to Zone 5.Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri) was named for a reason: The exquisite violet to purple berries in mid-winter stop people in their tracks. Elderberry is one of the fast growing shrubs and a beautiful plant for birds, but toxic if ingested raw by humans. Most of these species bloom early and then quickly yield berries for birds, including the vireos. As it’s a climber, honeysuckle is ideal when space is tight. Not all berries are consumed by all bird species. Oregon State University's Extension Service. Vast quantities of red or yellow berries almost cover the shrub, making it a perfect haven for smaller birds, including sparrows, starlings and finches, who will greatly appreciate its winter feast. The berries that the bayberry plants produce, hold a special place in the heart of warblers. One of the more attractive garden varieties is Berberis darwinii, which has bright orange flowers in mid-spring. soil Well drained to moist or medium moist areas. N. American native. Every year birds come to feast on the berries, even though they come late. While the fruit is tasty to animals, it is bitter for humans. Zone: 3 – 9. A few of the most beautiful berry-bearing shrubs. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Sign up to receive a free weekly Homes & Gardens of the Northwest newsletter and join the conversation at the Homes & Gardens of the Northwest on Facebook page. Attracts: Myrtle warblers, robins, chickadees, cedar waxwings, bluebirds, gray catbirds, woodpeckers. Homes & Gardens of the Northwest on Facebook page. A few insects remain, flying around or hiding under moss and lichen ripe for the picking. Birds appreciate organic materials like seedpods, leaf piles, and fruit that fell from trees. Produces large purple berries that are great for attracting a wide range of bird species. For all that, they still need the right foods for energy production. The blooming and fruiting seasons are indicated by Sp=spring, Su=summer, F=fall, and W=winter. Tomori Timea/Shutterstock Elderberries have versatile garden uses as foundation shrubs or as eye-catching specimens in a mixed border. m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.oregonlive.com/4450/gallery/5_berry-bearing_shrubs_to_feed/index.html"; Birds prefer the berries after freezing has sweetened them. Berries are an irresistible sweet treat for birds, particularly in winter when food is scarce.The fruits produced by these trees and shrubs provide calories and crucial nutrients that your favorite songbirds need, especially during the cold months when other natural food sources are nonexistent or buried in the snow. In summer, its scented flowers attract insects and so provide food for a different range of birds. Use a diversity of plant species to attract more birds. Shadbush berries are coveted by robins, waxwings, orioles, woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, jays, doves, and finches. Red berries grow on sleek green leaves to increase the aesthetic appeal of this bushy shrub. About: N. American native dwarf. In particular the nannyberry is palatable to the elusive brown thrasher. One of the downsides of these shrubs is their invasiveness. Grow to a height of 500+cm and provides medium to thick cover. Zone: 5 – 9. m_gallery_type = "photo"; Gallery: 5 berry-bearing shrubs to feed birds in winter. Zone: 4 – 6. For properties located near large open spaces or rural regions may find this rusty brown beauty poking around for some fresh berries. And shivering keeps muscles warmer. About: Dense foliage and energy-rich berries (50% fat) are just two reasons to plant this N. American native shrub. Not only are berries among the most natural and essential food sources for birds, they’re also easy to grow. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is recognized for distinctive clusters of white berries that last well into winter. About: N. American native whose wintertime leafless stems are blanketed by bright berries birds adore. m_gallery_id = "19518514"; m_gallery = "5_berry-bearing_shrubs_to_feed"; Same goes for your post-holiday Christmas tree which makes a fine place to chill. 9. Leaf litter adds to leafmould, and pruned stems can be stored as a refuge area for hibernating insects. Zone: 4 – 9. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.oregonlive.com/photogallery/4450/19518514.json"; Some hibiscus are shrubs, others are small trees. Best best berry set in pairs. At 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide and rather rangy, snowberry makes a great choice for a bird-friendly hedgerow and its vigorous roots will help with erosion control on slopes. These plants include nannyberry, sumac, hawthorn, and crabapple. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 11/16/96-Host Brenda Sanders shows viewers trees and shrubs that are good for attracting birds. 7. That doesn't mean just a bird feeder of seeds and nuts. Zone: 3 – 7. Shelter: Dense shrubs provide superb shelter for backyard birds, particularly thorny shrubs that can also deter predators. All rights reserved (About Us). The drawback for firethorns , in my area at least, is that they are not fully hardy for a Zone 5 garden. It’s a good bee plant and the crop of berries, in shades of yellow, orange or red, are a great source of natural food for birds. "Different birds are attracted to different foods and it's good to have a variety," said Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist for Oregon State University's Extension Service. The pyracantha or firethorn has lots to offer the birds. Bird-friendly landscaping includes plants like conifers and evergreens as well as those that provide food. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. About: N. American native with abundant berries, sheltering dense branches and foliage. Native Shrubs & Small Trees for Birds In the table, the regions of the state in which the plant will grow are indicated by N=north, C=central, and S=south. The state flower grows to an erect 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. They offer four-season interest with their dainty spring flowers, summer berries, fall color, and attractive winter bark. Holly will surprise you with its unique flowers and bright red berries, and give you the chance to create surprising decorations during feast days. Zone: 4 – 9. Plants with berries full of good fat provide necessary nutrients, too. Shrubs can also provide flowers, leaves and berries for nectar and food. Planting a selection of deciduous, semi evergreen and evergreen creates a color palette bridging each season. Growable as a hedge, wall plant or clipped to size in a large pot. They propagate readily from the seeds in their berries. Native junipers also attract birds for cover and food. Take a look at Sanchez's suggestions and consider adding some berry bearers to your garden.Dana Sanchez's picks for plants with berries for birds:Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) breaks out in brilliant yellow flowers in mid-winter that leave behind bunches of blue-black berries. The plants produce umbrella-shaped clusters of … Here are recommendations of small shrubs and trees that provide berries, nectar, seeds or perches to entice local birds … "Fortunately, birds have feathers - the ultimate down jacket, she said. Kelsey’s Dwarf Red-Osier Dogwood (Zone: 2 – 8). Heavenly bamboo berries and birds are also related in another way. This shrub puts on a good display at the back of the border where its 6-by-6-foot stature has room to develop. About: Large, upright N. American native heavy with loads of fatty (26%), blue-black berries in winter. "In addition to bird feeders, which people sometimes forget to fill, they need plants to forage on. In order to produce berries, deciduous shrubs must flower each spring to soften the garden with white or pastel shades contrasted by the bright green of new growth. Shrubs may produce berries, fruits and seeds that birds can eat as well as provide a home for insects, spiders and grubs that insectivorous birds, such as starlings and swallows, will feast on. -- Kym Pokorny, Stay in the loop. In zone 5 the fruit is on display from June wit… Hardy to Zone 5.Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is recognized for distinctive clusters of white berries that last well into winter. Attracts: Grouse, cedar waxwings, thrushes, northern flickers, and thrashers. Branches provide nesting sites for warblers. After wet weather, water will collect in the larger leaves of bushes that birds can drink from. Keep it tightly clipped to provide a living wall cover with a carpet of white flowers in spring followed by the essential bundles of berries. Attracts: Towhees, thrushes, robins, grosbeaks, waxwings, pine siskins, chickadees. Mature shrubs look like small bushy trees with a rounded top. A Pacific Northwest native, wax myrtle presents purplish berries in fall that persist into the winter months. Callicarpa bodinieri var. Planting native vegetation is always your best bet—use our YardMap tool to get specific planting recommendations based on your zip code. 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