Best berry shrub for birds

chillowayJanuary 11, 2006

I'm hoping that some of you could give me your opinion as to what shrub you would have to feed the birds if you could only have one type. Especially for the fall/winter months.

I need this for zone 4 in New York. I do have many natural shrubs on a wooded piece of land but need to plant some shrubs around the perimeter of a part that was cleared. I would like to get the most for the birds out of these plants. The spot gets partial sun/shade.

Would Hawthorn be a good choice? Thanks for your advice. Debbie.

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jtcm05(Zone 6 CT)

Hawthorne would be ok. Elderberry, Viburnum, Crabapple, Serviceberry, Winterberry, Dogwood. All should be fine for zone 4.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 2:17PM
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vonyon

All of the above. There are way too many good choices to pick just one.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 6:07PM
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jillmcm(z6 PA)

Ditto. My dogwoods were stripped early this year, the aronia berries are lasting a bit longer, the viburnum berries went early, too. I don't have many berries left by this time of year. I would mix and match as much as I could (while still allowing for cross pollination) if I were you :)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 8:06PM
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chilloway

Does Hawthorn have berries during the winter like winterberry does ? Thanks, Debbie.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 9:44PM
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jmorris271(Z8 SC)

I have had good luck with Paracantha's. Wax wings and robins love them

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 10:12PM
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vonyon

I believe that hawthorn is a small/medium tree. Here is a web site for you to check it out. The branches also have rather nasty thorns. If you are putting it near an area where people or animals are going to be playing or walking, be careful about the thorns.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hawthorn

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 10:51PM
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vonyon

Here are some comments on the bluebird forum about the bird-attracting quality of the hawthorn!! Just saw this after I posted the last time.

Here is a link that might be useful: bluebird forum

    Bookmark   January 11, 2006 at 10:56PM
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chilloway

Thanks everyone. I'll have to check all this out. Debbie

    Bookmark   January 12, 2006 at 3:29PM
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carol23_gw

Not a shrub but a tree with high value for birds, Juniperus virginiana. It is an alternate host for cedar apple rust so you wouldn't want to grow it if you have apple or crabapple trees ( Malus species)

Here is a link that might be useful: Juniperus virginiana

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 10:21AM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

The winterberry holly berries are the only berries left here in northern NJ - all else has been long since eaten.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 2:16PM
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ggwrn(7NC)

My dogwood trees are always bare before the leaves fall off. The cardinals and robins seem to like beauty berries, last year all of my pyracantha berries were eaten but the birds haven't eaten many of them this year.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2006 at 6:31PM
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