Shrubs and Trees for Birds

April 18, 2018
Shrubs and Trees for Birds

To attract birds to your garden or backyard, you need shrubs and plants that provide food and shelter.

Experience the joy of visits from feathered friends and song birds! Here is a table from The Old Farmer’s Almanac listing some of our favorite varieties of trees and shrubs that attract particular birds.

Click to open below chart (PDF)!


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gardening for birds

I see you mention ivy in your article. Ivy (Hedera helix) is a terrible invasive in much of the country. It matures once it climbs to a certain height, producing fruit that the birds eat and spread to the woods, where it kills trees. Native plants are always preferred over alien plants. Please remove mention of it from your article.

Gardening for the Birds

This year my husband and I put in the first garden on this property in 20 years. We had a variety of beans, corn, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash, etc. I have always had food out for the birds, but this year I saw an explosion in the wildlife! There young birds would try to land on the corn tops and we could see them sliding down the leaves. When we picked the beans I would find little feathers stuck to the leaves. It makes me really look forward to next year's garden.

Birds - Food and shelter/trees and bushes

I didn't see the "Robin" in your chart of birds and where they like to find food and shelter????

Robin preferences

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American robins, members of the thrush family, like earthworms, grubs, and other insects, and some snails. They’ll also eat fruit/berries. Fruit from trees, shrubs, and vines such as mulberries, serviceberries, elderberry, flowering dogwood, crabapples, junipers, sumac, holly, cherry, grape, viburnums, spicebush, and others will attract them. They’ll also come to both platform and ground feeders. They typically nest in trees, although depending on the area of the country, they might build nests on the ground, thickets, in the eaves of homes, etc. When foraging, they like to keep near cover, such as a tree or shrub. Hope this helps!

Thank for the info I love

Thank for the info I love these little creatures!

Thank you for any information

Thank you for any information on hummingbirds; want to see more of those beautifol creatures

Try hanging Fuscia plants in

Try hanging Fuscia plants in partially shaded areas around your house. Hummingbirds love them!

The chart would help if it

The chart would help if it were also by state. THANKS!