This Junco loves the seeds that we put out in our feeders, but what plants also keep him happy through the winter?

What Native Plants will keep birds happy all winter long?

Here at Bucks County Audubon Society, we love feeding the birds, especially in the winter when they are looking for valuable food. We have several varieties of seed in our Self-Service Bird Seed Shed that we put out in our dozens of feeders all around our property.

But how can you help the birds get food if you want to encourage them to forage for themselves?

Fortunately, there are many plants (click here to learn more about native species specific to your zip code!) that produce berries that last through the winter and the great thing is that those plants provide cover, nesting sites, and add color to your winter landscape!

Provided below is a list of great native trees and shrubs that produce food and the birds that those plants attract.

Native PA Plant Benefits Birds Attracted Special Notes
Flowering Dogwoodflowering dogwood

 

– Fruits in the fall and can stick around through early winter

– Nest Sites

Robins, Bluebirds, Catbirds, Cardinals, Grosbeaks Flowers add beauty to the landscape in the spring
Crabapple

crabapple

– Fall fruits that stay through winter

– Birds can eat flowers in spring and seeds in summer/late fall

– Cover and nest sites

Robins, bluebirds, catbirds, cardinals, waxwings, finches Flowers add beauty to the landscape in the spring
White Oak

white oak

– Fall acorns that last through winter

– Nest sites

Woodpeckers, wild turkeys, Blue Jays Produce acorns annually
Eastern Red Cedar

eastern red cedar

– Fall fruits that maintain berries in winter

– Cover and nest sites

All native seed eaters Only female tree produces fruits. Make sure to have a few females and males in the mix.
Wild Grape

wild grape

– Fruits in fall that stick around into early winter

– Nest sites and nest material

Robins, bluebirds, catbirds, cardinals, orioles, wild turkey, Pileated woodpecker, mockingbirds  
Northern Bayberry

northern bayberry

– Fall and winter fruits

– Nest sites

Wintering Tree swallows and bluebirds  
Staghorn Sumac

sumac

– Fall fruits with seeds that persist in winter Robins, catbirds, cardinals, chickadees, starlings, wild turkey, Pileated Woodpecker Fuzzy red fruits add color to summer and fall landscape
Red-Osier Dogwood

red osier dogwood

 

– Fall fruits that may stay into early winter

– Cover

Robins, bluebirds, catbirds, vireos, juncos, cardinals, warblers, Wild Turkey, grouse Red stems add great color to the winter landscape.
Arrowwood Viburnum

arrow wood

 

– Fall fruits that may continue into early winter

– Cover

Robins, bluebirds, catbirds, cardinals, finches, waxwings  
Winterberry Holly

winterberry

– Fall fruits that last through winter

– Cover

Robins, bluebirds, waxwings Only females produce fruits. Make sure to have a few females and males in the mix.
Elderberry

elderberry

– Fruits in fall and may continue through early winter Native songbirds  
Eastern White Pine

eastern white pine

– Pinecones produce seeds

-Cover and nesting sites

Finches, Chickadee, Woodpeckers, Nuthatch Evergreen
Hawthorn

hawthorn

 

– Fruits stay throughout winter

– cover

Chickadee, Waxwing, Mockingbirds, Wild Turkey Has large thorns
Chokeberry

chokecherry

– Fruits in late fall and stays through out winter Many native seed eaters and songbirds Low in protein/fats and is bitter, so birds will wait until late winter when other food is gone to eat it
Beautyberry

beautyberry

– Fruits late summer and stays through late winter Robins and Mockingbirds Beautiful magenta/purple berries add color to winter landscape.

Spreads quickly and easily

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