Birds “hawthorn Berries” – Well, it’s berry season, as a vibrant mix of autumn’s brilliant berries in colors of red, yellow, orange and even purple adorn shrubs and trees, creating sharp bursts of color during the cooler months.
There’s so much to choose from, from the spiky Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’ and Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’ to the unusual, vivid purple berries of Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ and the striking black or red berries of common hawthorn.
Birds “hawthorn Berries”
“At this time of year the birds will be bringing their young, and the babies need to know how to find their own food,” says conservationist and ornithologist Dan Rouse, author of How to Attract Birds to Your Garden (DK, £16.99) .
A Redwing (turdus Iliacus) In Flight With A Red Hawthorn Berry In It’s Beak, Cotswolds Stock Photo
“Berries provide a natural source of food and the extra vitamins and fiber they need, especially during the colder months when we won’t have larvae, grubs or caterpillars for the birds to feed on,” she says.
For some species, such as blackbird, blackbird, field thrush, berries are the main source of food during the winter, notes the RSPB.
The RSPB reports that different species will feed on different types of berries – thrushes and waxwings prefer berries with smaller seeds, such as brambles, as they usually only eat the flesh of the berries.
Sloe gins, on the other hand, only eat seeds, so they are attracted to berries with large seeds such as hawthorn, blackthorn (which grows on the thorns from which ‘sloe gin’ is made), cherries and bula (wild plum). Size is also a consideration – some berries, like rosehips, are too big for birds smaller than, say, blackbirds.
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Snowbirds and thrushes love to enjoy the bright red berries that appear inside the colorful fall leaves of viburnum opulus, Rouse adds.
If you want to help the birds in your garden, winter is a great time to plan your fruit and berry plantings. Consider native species such as holly, elder, honeysuckle or ivy, or shrubs such as cotoneaster, pyracantha and barberry to attract a wide range of birds, the RSPB advises.
They will also be food for a range of insects and other animals – hedgehogs, badgers, mice, squirrels and even foxes will happily munch on the berries.
He also recommends crab apples. When the fruits (small apples) appear in autumn and winter, they are a magnet for blackbirds and various types of thrushes.
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“Holly, hawthorn and blackthorn are very long-lasting. They don’t just come out for a month, they come out all winter long. They will feed migratory birds that need to be fed, such as robins and field birds, as well as birds that come to your gardens from their breeding grounds, such as goldfinches and siskins. People will see more of them in their garden now,” says Rouse.
Sparrows and finches prefer seeds, warblers prefer grease and starlings will eat almost anything, according to the RSPB. So if you’re trying to care for the various birds that visit your garden, it’s always a good idea to provide alternative food sources, the charity advises.
It can be your traditional bird seed, tallow balls, worms or even food scraps like fruit, grated cheese or baked goods.
“Many trees and shrubs produce berries and fruit in the fall that last all winter. Some roses produce hips that birds love,” says Rouse.
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“These winter fruits and berries are a vital source of calories; one bunch of ivy berries has almost the same number of calories as a bar of chocolate. Birds naturally help distribute the seeds because the indigestible seeds inside the fruit come out in their droppings.”
Keep in mind that most berry bushes need a female and a male specimen planted close together for pollination and berry formation to occur. The gender of the plant should be indicated on the label when you buy it.
However, if you only have room for one berry plant, there are some self-fertiles that don’t need a pollination partner. Good choices include Gaultheria mucronata ‘Bell’s Seedling’, which produces dark red berries, Skimmia japonica ‘Reevesiana’ and Ilex aquifolium ‘J.C. van Tol’ (thornless green holly).
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Redwing, Turdus Iliacus, Single Bird Feeding On Frosty Hawthorn Berries, Midlands, December 2010 Stock Photo, Picture And Royalty Free Image. Image 22573768
The tasty fruits hanging from the open branches attract birds, such as the cedar and the American robin. Check out the best berries for birds you should be growing.
Berries are an irresistible treat for birds, especially in winter when food is scarce. The fruits produced by these trees and shrubs provide calories and key nutrients that your favorite songbirds need, especially during the cold months when other natural food sources are absent or buried in snow. Check out our picks for birdberry trees and shrubs that your feathered backyard friends can’t resist!
Eastern red cedar and cedar waxwings make a marriage made in bird heaven. Several species bear blue-gray fruits that look like birdberries, but are actually cones made of fused scales.
It can be tempting to grow several trees in a large group, but keep eastern red cedar away from apple and crabapple trees. A fungus known as cedar apple rust thrives when both apples and red cedars are present.
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Why we love it: The pyramidal shape provides dense nesting and shelter for many birds, including sparrows, robins, mockingbirds, hummingbirds and warblers. Birds use bark for nesting material.
Woody plant expert Michael Dirr says it best: “Few plants can compete with pyracantha for fruit display in the conservatory.” Birds gather around clusters of orange to red fruit (technically called apples, not berries) and can appear drunk when the fruit is overripe.
Why we love it: Firethorns adapt to most conditions. Choose one that is resistant to blight. Learn about the 10 most common tree diseases (and what to do about them).
Songbirds, waterfowl and game birds love the fruits of this common holly, especially in late winter when food is scarce. Winterberry grows best in full sun and tolerates wet soil in the spring and drought in the summer.
Waxwing Bombycilla Garrulus Eating Hawthorn Berry Stock Photo
Why we love it: Crimson birdberries add color to the winter landscape. Plant in groups for greater effect.
Viburnums inhabit a vast family of plants in a wide range of sizes and habits, each bearing white clusters of spring flowers that form red, blue or black fruits. American cranberry bush viburnum is among the best for its handsome rust-red fall color and use in multiple species as a deciduous hedge.
Aronia bushes produce red or black bird berries that are low in fat and protein, so birds wait until more desirable foods are gone to eat them. These sturdy native plants show off beautiful fall color.
Why we love it: You might be fighting birds to collect the berries, which are rich in antioxidants but require sweeteners to make them palatable to humans.
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Crabapples come in a variety of sizes and shapes. All produce small apples of various sizes and colors that remain hard as marbles until freeze-thaw cycles make them attractive to birds. Strangely, the birds avoid Adams, Donald Wyman and Red Jewel fruit, but eat most of the others.
Hardy and airy, the berries grow as multi-stemmed trees or shrubs. Plant a species suited to your region to attract birds and other wildlife. Flowers, leaves and bark stand out when grown against a dark background, such as that of an evergreen plant.
Why we love it: Four seasons of fun! From spring blooms to summer fruits to fall colors to beautiful winter skin, the berry shines.
Providing good cover for many birds, hawthorn also produces crimson bird berries that hang almost all winter. Thorns up to 3 inches long are both a disadvantage and an advantage, so try the thornless thorn, Crataegus crusgalli var. inermis.
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Why we love it: Hawthorn is drought tolerant, grows in almost all types of soil and produces autumn colors. Discover the best fall shrubs to grow.
This luxurious shrub has long, arching branches. In early summer, it produces flat white flower clusters that turn into purple bird berries by late summer. Gray cats, robins, bluebirds and many other songbirds enjoy the fruit.
The tiny spring flowers produce clusters of magenta, purple or white birdberries that remain on these spreading shrubs after the leaves fall. The fruits become a good food source for many species, including mockingbirds, robins, robins and brown wagtails.
“My husband planted a row of 15 elderberry plants, intending to harvest the berries. We soon realized that the birds loved them and decided to let them enjoy their reward.” – Mary Orr
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“Beautyberry is my new favorite. I’m happy to have a variety that will survive our cold upstate New York winters.” – Karen Hance
“I have blackberries, gooseberries, hollies and more. With everything I grow, I have birds, bees and butterflies in mind.” – Ruth Johnson
“Northern mockingbirds and other visitors eat the berries of my burning bush. Plus, ruby-throated hummingbirds