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Choosing Trees to Attract Birds

While we all typically choose trees and large shrubs for their shade and ornamental value, we should also keep in mind which species make good food sources and habitats for wildlife we'd like to attract to our gardens. Here in the DFW area, we have a wide variety of bird species. Some are native, while others pass through our gardens each year on their migratory travels.

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All birds are looking for a few key things: Food, water, cover and a safe place to nest. So if you're looking to attract birds to your garden, be sure to keep these factors in mind. First, think about choosing plants and trees that are fruit-bearing in order to offer up a food source. Also, choose varieties that bloom and fruit at different times of the year in order to provide a steady supply. Winter fruiting plants,such as Possumhaw Holly, will keep your local birds that remain over the winter happy and healthy.

Also, choose trees and shrubs of different sizes to give different bird species options that suit their nesting habits and provide protective cover. Some trees that are often called "trash trees", like hackbrery and mulberry, are some of the best habitat trees for our local and migratory birds. So it pays to take care of these trees and keep them in good health.

Here are some of our favorite plants for attracting birds to your North Texas garden:

TREES

  • AshChokecherry
  • Hackberry
  • Hawthorn
  • Hollies
  • Madrone
  • Magnolia
  • Mulberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Sugarberry

SHRUBS & VINES

  • Pyracantha
  • Cherry laurel
  • Viburnum
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Trumpet vine
  • Boston Ivy


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Categories: Trees
Tags: Trees
Posted: June 17, 2013