Autumn’s best berry bushes and berry-producing trees for birds also bring color to the yard or landscape.
With the change of season comes the changing of leaves as well as the appearance of bright-colored berries that attract birds to the yard in the fall.
Although much of the fruit is not edible for people, birds depend on berry-producing trees and bushes in the fall.
Here are the top five berry trees and bushes for fall to attract many different kinds of birds:
No. 1: Best Berry Tree For Birds: Holly trees. I grow an East Palatka (IIex x attenuate) holly tree in my front yard. East Palatka Holly makes a beautiful outdoor Christmas tree as well as a food source for birds.
In my experience, the East Palatka Holly, which is native to Florida, is a slow grower. It’s named after a town in Florida. The berries of the East Palatka Holly turn bright orange.
East Palatka is a cross between Dahoon and American hollies. It can grow to be 12 feet tall and six feet wide which is why I planted mine by the street. Grow your holly tree in full or part sun. Although you technically need a male and female holly tree (the East Palatka is female) to produce berries, I just depend on other Holly trees in the neighborhood to pair up with mine. And I have had plenty of berries to attract goldfinch, cedar waxwing, bobwhites and mourning doves.
No. 2: Best Berry Bush For Birds: Elderberry Bush (Sambucus Canadensis) from the honeysuckle family. The Elderberry grows to be 10 to 15 feet. I have had birds nesting in my elderberry bush in my backyard. Elderberry bushes attract songbirds. Depending where you live in the country, you may spot an indigo bunting, ash-throated flycatcher, scrub jay, Audubon warbler, red-breasted nuthatch, pheasant, mockingbird, song sparrow, brown towhee or hooded oriole.
No. 3: Best Berry Tree For Birds: Red Bay Tree (Persea borbonia). Birds eat the small blue fruits on the Red Bay tree. Red Bay is also a host to the Spicebush swallowtail butterfly. People may use the leaves of the Red Bay tree for cooking. Some of the birds attracted to the berries of the Red Bay include quail and turkey as well as various songbirds.
No. 4: Best Berry Tree For Birds: Flowering Dogwood Trees: Flowering dogwood or Cornus florida is hardy in zones 5 to 8. Birds that eat the berries from a Dogwood include cardinals and bluebirds. The berry of the dogwood tree is favored by some birds because it is high in fat. Flowering dogwoods can grow to be 33 feet high. The fruit is in a cluster which turn bright red in early fall.
No. 5: Best Berry Bush For Birds:Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a deciduous shrub with tightly clustered purple berries. It grows best in Zones 6 to 10. From the verbena family, Beautyberry is native to the United States.
I have a Beautyberry bush growing in the corner of my backyard behind a lemon tree. I love the cascades of purple berries. Since Beautyberry grows to be four to eight feet tall, it provides some color along the fence line. Also called American mulberry, Beautyberry is fast-growing and attracts mockingbirds and the Northern Bobwhite. As its name suggests, Beautyberry has great ornamental value for the fall as well.
Attract birds in the fall with berries that can brighten up your landscape, especially when winter arrives!
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