Winter Berries for Fruit-Eating Birds

Plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs for the robins, mockingbirds, cedar waxwings and other birds that don't frequent your seed feeders.

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Hawthorn Berries

Hawthorn berries are relished by cedar waxwings, cardinals and other birds in winter. Green hawthorn 'Winter King' is a small- to mid-sized tree, usually 20 to 35 feet, with a prolific fruiting habit. The berries of most hawthorns (Crataegus) persist until late winter, when birds gobble them up.

Winterberry

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), a deciduous holly, provides stunning color to the landscape and attracts many species of birds.

Checkerberry

Checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens) bears showy red fruits that wild turkeys, grouse and other ground-feeding birds like.

Holly

Holly berries are much appreciated by birds in mid to late winter, when other food sources are gone and the berries have mellowed in the cold.

Japanese barberry

The seeds of Japanese barberry fruits pass through birds' intestinal tracts and germinate easily the next spring, helping to make this shrub an invasive species in some states. When shopping for bird-friendly berry bushes, choose those that won't contribute to an invasion of more such bushes the next spring.

Winter Snack

When the ground is frozen and worms are hard to come by, how do robins survive? They dine on crabapples, hackberries, chokeberries and other fruits.

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