Which Trees Can Increase Bird Activity in Your Yard

 Which Trees Can Increase Bird Activity in Your Yard

I love looking into my backyard and finding a dozen or so birds in my trees. If you want to attract them to your garden, here are some trees that will attract them. You can always put up a bird feeder, and they will come into your garden, and if you're trying to attract hummingbirds, there are some great flowers you can grow that will get them there, and with sugar water in the hummingbird feeder. However, this article will focus on birds in general and how to bring them into your home so you can see them up close. Bird watching is fun and can be very entertaining.

Fruit Trees for Human and Bird Consumption

In our wild plum tree and in our neighboring peach tree, we saw bluebirds, woodpeckers, finches, mockingbirds, orioles and other birds that we couldn't identify, so I think it's safe to say that. Any fruit tree you choose to plant will be an invitation to a large number of different birds.

American persimmon trees: A beautiful palm with large, leathery leaves that are bright yellow-orange in fall. The fruit, which is bright orange, will remain on the tree long after the leaves fall, so the birds will keep coming until all the fruit is gone. If you don't want to plant more than one tree, plant a self-fertile plant, such as 'Garretson' or 'Meader'. American palms can be grown in all but the coldest regions of the United States.

Peach Trees: Most peach trees are self-pollinating, so this is a great option if you only want to plant one tree. Birds love them. However, peach trees are difficult to transplant after they are a few years old, so keep them where you want them. When you see ugly, partially eaten fruit left behind, remember that you grew it for the birds and this is a sign that they love it.

Crabapple trees: Using a general rule, there are very few apple varieties that will grow successfully in USDA zones north of zone 4 in the United States. The best areas for growing apple trees are zones 4 to 7. Very little. The apple varieties that will do well in warm climates are zone 8 and above, so be sure to know what zone you are in.

Mulberry trees: Mulberry trees can grow up to about 35-40 feet, so make sure you get the room you need. It is salt-tolerant in temperate climates but is best grown in USDA zones 5 through 9. There are more than 60 species of birds that eat the berries. Mulberry trees are ranked as one of the seven most important plants for birds by the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology.

Wild plum trees: If you have the right space and are located in an area where they grow vigorously, why not plant a wild plum tree? Birds love the fruit, and in the spring the tree is covered in beautiful white flowers that are not only good for the birds, but also a sight to behold.

Papaya trees: Papaya trees do best when grown in zones 9 and 10, and can reach about 30 feet in height. You can grow three different types of papaya trees – female, male and bisexual – but only female and bisexual plants produce fruit. They grow best in full sun, and because their roots are very shallow, they like well-drained soil. They will not tolerate wet conditions, so keep all of these things in mind when deciding whether to plant a pawpaw tree to attract birds.

Cherry (sweet): Zones 5-7 are best for growing sweet cherries. Most of these trees are self-fertile, but if you have different species to pollinate, you can expect larger fruits and higher yields. The downside is that sweet cherry trees take 4 to 7 years to bear fruit after being planted. But the birds will thank you later.

Cherry (sour): Sour cherries are smaller than sweet cherries, and grow best in zones 4-6, but they fruit less frequently than sweet cherries, usually 3-5 years after planting.

Fruit trees are especially for birds.

If you love birds, there are plenty of trees you can plant for their benefit, but if you're planning a bird-friendly landscape, this list gives you something a little more popular. How about trying one or more of them? They are my personal favorite.

Maple Trees: Birds love the seeds found inside the feathery nuts of maple trees. Maple trees host hundreds of butterflies. They are also a generally welcome sight.

Birch trees: Cone-shaped strobiles are a food source for birds (and other small mammals). They are also, like the maple tree, host plants for hundreds of species of butterflies and moths. There are many species of bird trees that also have attractive bark, so this is a beautiful tree to add to your landscape.

Spruce trees: Spruce trees produce cones filled with seeds that birds love. These trees also provide shelter for birds throughout the year.

Willow Trees: A variety of songbirds are fed by willow seeds on this easily recognizable tree.

Things to consider before choosing trees

Do you fully understand your tree's pollination needs?
Will the site produce adequate growth as the tree matures?
Is the soil in your chosen location suitable for the tree you are planting?

If you answered "yes" to all of the above questions, then you are ready to begin your quest to bring birds into your garden.

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