The Prunus Genus:
maritima (Beach Plum) – Beautiful, red fall color, and the birds of course love the fruit
americana (American Plum) – Thickets give cover to songbirds
serotina (Black Cherry) – Great for birds because this tree attracts so many caterpillars
Bald Cypress – Eagles and ospreys use it for nesting in the wild. Blazing orange fall color. Can’t get enough of those pneumatophores.
Yellowwood – Bright yellow color, good cover for songbirds.
Acer rubrum ‘Red Sunset’
Red Maple – Arguably best fall color tree. Attracts vireos, redstarts, and woodpeckers.
The Quercus Genus
Quercus rubra and Quercus alba – Both have great fall color, and the birds are attracted by the many species of insects it supports, as well as the acorns.
Betula nigra ‘Heritage’
Heritage River Birch — Selected for larger leaves and more heat tolerance. Waterfowl love the tree for nesting and wild turkeys like to eat the seed.
Hackberry — Yellow! Winter fruit is valuable to the cedar waxwing, mockingbird, and robin.
Persimmon – Orange-Red fall color and huge wildlife value with the edible fruit.
Larch – Showy yellow, used by the white throated sparrow, common yellowthroats, warblers, pine siskins, grouse, and cedar waxwing.
American Chestnut– Yellow gold. When 25% of eastern forests had chestnut, the nuts were a major food source for birds.
Sassafras – Yellow, red, and orange, varied fall color, but one of the most popular fall foliage trees. Fruits eaten by many different birds.
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
Serviceberry – The most beautiful Amelanchier in fall, and birds love the big berries.
Crataegus viridis ‘WinterKing’
Hawthorne – Yellow fall color. Keeps its orange berries most of the winter. The birds love it!
Smoketree – Bright red fall color, great tree for cover for birds.
Flowering Dogwood- Purplish red in fall. Birds that use the fruit include: bluebirds, grosbeaks, tufted titmouse, cedar waxwings, northern flickers, American robins, northern cardinals, juncos, thrashers, woodpeckers, crows, grackles, and game birds.
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