Native Fruits and Berries for Birds (PDF)


Sixteen trees and shrubs are the favorite fruits of birds in the Northeast and the MidAtlantic United States.

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A Shadbush tree in my garden.
A Shadbush tree in my garden.

Years ago I planted a Shadbush tree in my back garden. I knew it would attract the fruit-eating birds to my garden when the seed feeders wouldn’t. Each spring when the shadbush is full of dark ripe berries, I see and hear the mockingbirds, robins, and other fruit eaters hopping through the branches delicately picking berries from the innermost branches.

This list probably has a tree or shrub you can plant in your garden. Then you can do what I do, sit on the comfort of my back porch and birdwatch.

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