Q. Can you recommend some shrubs that provide food for birds in the winter?


There are many shrubs, including natives, that will provide a wealth of edible fruit suitable for birds. These include:

Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea)

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)  - native

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) - some species native

Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) - some species native

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) - native

Serviceberry, also known as shadbush (Amelanchier  spp.) - native

Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster spp.)

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) and other beautyberries, including the Japanese species (C. japonica)

Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa and A. arbutifolia) - native

Holly (evergreen species, such as Ilex aquifolium) - some species native

If you have room for small trees, consider mountain ash, dogwoods, and crabapples.


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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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