Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Winter Berries to Attract Birds

novembre 25To attract a variety of birds in winter, feeders are not enough. You also have to make sure that there is fruit available at all times. Here are a few trees, shrubs and vines whose fruit persist through the winter and therefore attract a wide range of birds including waxwings, cardinals, and grosbeaks.

Alternate-leaved dogwood (Cornus alternifolius) – Zone 3

American silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata) – Zone 1b

Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) – Zone 2

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) – Zone 2

Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) – Zone 4b

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) – Zone 2

Buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea) – Zone 2

Carrion flower (Smilax herbacea) – Zone 3

Chokeberry (Aronia spp.) – Zone 4

Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.) – Zones 3-9

Crabapple (small-fruited varieties) (Malus spp.) – Zone 3

Edible viburnum (Viburnum edule) – Zone 1

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) – Zone 4

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) – Zone 3

Highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) – Zone 2

Hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium) – Zone 3

Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) – zone 3b

Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana) – Zone 3

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) – Zone 4

Juniper (Juniperus spp.) – Zone 2-7

Manitoba maple (Acer negundo) – Zone 2

Mountain ash (Sorbus americana) – Zone 2

Mountain holly (Nemopanthus mucronatus) – Zone 2

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) – Zone 2

Ninebark (Physocarpus spp.) – Zone 2

Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) – Zone 4

Roses (Rosa spp.) – Zone 2-8

Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) – Zone 2b

Snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.) – Zone 2-5

Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) – Zone 3

Sweet gale (Myrica gale) – Zone 2

Virgin’s bower (Clematis virginianus) – Zone 3

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) – Zone 3

Wild grape (Vitis riparia) – Zone 3

Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) – Zone 3

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) – Zone 2

Witherod viburnum (Viburnum cassinoides) – Zone 3

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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