Saturday, March 5, 2011

Native Trees Good for Birds

Trees will provide shade and distinct looks in the yard. There are those that are shaped, those that are fragrant, and those that flower well. Some provide better shade; some are just for looks instead of function. Trees have always been mainstays in a yard to give it depth and form. These trees are all going to provide something that birds seek out, and as such will have many birds coming to the landscape around them.

Cornus amomum The Silky Dogwood
From the dogwood family, the silky dogwood will get to fifteen feet tall. It is a pleasant tree to look at, but will not be as decorative as a southern dogwood tree. Birds will be attracted to the fruits only as there isn’t a fragrance to the tree. There will be white flowers and fruits that are like berries. For the best results, the silky dogwood will need to be planted in partial shade.

Aesculus pavia The Red Buckeye
From the horse chestnut family, the red buckeye will get to twenty feet tall. The flowers are red and tubular, a perfect design for the hummingbirds that the tree will attract. It likes to be in shady spots in the landscape and is a fast growing tree. The red buckeye is a nice addition to a landscape for many reasons.

Ilex vomitoria Yaupon
From the holly family, the yaupon will get to thirty feet tall. There are white flowers (practically invisible) and it will be a producer of berries. This tree is an evergreen and a fast grower. The yaupon is a bird favorite for the berries that it produces, and yet they are poisonous. This tree likes to be in full sun or partial shade for the best growth potential, any soil is fine as it is drought tolerant too.

Amelanchier arborea Serviceberry
From the rose family, the serviceberry will get to thirty feet tall. There are tiny white flowers on the tree and can be a shrub or a tree depending on the pruning. It will attract more than forty different bird species from the fruit that it will produce. The serviceberry is a good starter tree if there are many different birds that the gardener wants to attract.
The above four trees will be the ones to bring different birds into the landscape. Depending on the height needed and the distinct type of function the tree needs to have, there should be one listed that will work.


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