Yummy berries for birds come in so many brilliant colors, including red, blue, purple, orange, pink, and yellow. The display is further enhanced by those with striking fall foliage. The icing on the cake is watching excited birds feasting on these tasty treats.
Below are a few terrific natural ‘bird feeders’ to consider adding to your landscape.
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium) Sun – Part Shade- Native to Eastern and Central North America. Hardy to Zone 3
Possumhaw Viburnum (Viburnum nudum) Sun – Part shade. Native to eastern and southeastern US. Likes moist soils. Hardy to Zone 5.
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) Sun to Part Shade Symphoricarpos albus var albus is native to Eastern North America; Symporicarpos albus var laevigatus is native to the Pacific Coast. White berries. NOTE: berries are poisonous to humans. Cultivars include ‘Charming Fantasy’ (4’, hardy to Zone 3) and ‘Scarlet Pearl’ (5’, hardy to Zone 3, pictured above)
Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana, pictured ) Sun – Part Shade. Tolerates wet conditions. Native to the southeastern US. Hardy to Zone 7. Violet berries. ‘Welches Pink’ is a cultivar with pastel pink fruit. 3’+.
Red Chokeberry (Aronia abutifolia) and Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) Red chokeberry is native to eastern and central US. Black Chokecherry is native to the eastern US. Both are hardy to Zone 3.
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) Native to eastern North America. Sun – Part Shade. Likes moist soils. Hardy to Zone 3.
For more on berrying shrubs for birds, visit the National Wildlife Federation’s blog titled Winter Berries for Birds.