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

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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