Having local wildlife in your yard can really bring the beauty of your yard to the next level. Everyone can simply plant trees, but planting trees that attract birds to your yard is something you may want to consider. Whether you just want to add the beautiful sing-song chirping to your home or you want to see the pretty colors soaring through the sky, there are many reasons why it’s a good idea to plant trees that attract birds to your yard.
Bird feeders and birdbaths can help bring more birds to your yard, as long as you make sure that you continue to fill the bird feeders with food and have fresh water in the birdbaths. But if you really want to attract birds to your yard, these seven trees are the ones you should be planting.
The Pacific Dogwood is a very popular choice of tree to plant, as it’s native to Oregon. In addition to the flowers, which bloom in the spring, these trees produce orange or red berries. These berries have a bitter taste and are a great source of food for birds.
Pacific dogwood trees can grow as tall as 30 feet and as wide as 25 feet. They do well in partially shaded areas and should be planted in nutrient-rich, well-draining, moist soil.
The pagoda dogwood doesn’t grow in the same manner as other dogwoods do. Instead, they grow tiered horizontally, being called a “pagoda” dogwood due to the shape. Delicate white flowers and bitter fruit grow in clusters on this tree. The fruit does attract local wildlife of bigger and smaller sizes, including birds. The shade that this tree gives off is also enjoyed by birds, especially during hot, sunny summer days.
These trees can grow as tall as 25 feet high and can reach a width of 30 feet. They can grow in areas of full sunshine as long as you make sure that the roots of the tree are constantly kept cool. Because of this, they tend to thrive better in areas that have partial shade. Moist and well-drained soil is also what the pagoda dogwood should be planted in.
Serviceberry trees are also native to the Oregon area. It has a more shrub-like look to it, with light green leaves and white flowers that bloom in the spring. During the summertime, blue-purple berries grow on the serviceberry. These berries are edible and have a taste that is similar to the flavor of blueberries. They are very much enjoyed by birds, attracting them to the branches of these trees.
Serviceberry trees can grow to about 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. They do well in either full shade or full sun. These trees are also extremely drought tolerant, making them one of the easier trees in terms of maintenance.
Red alder trees are large, deciduous trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest, sometimes even going by the name Oregon alder. It has wavy, toothed leaves on its branches, which make this tree stand out amongst the rest. These trees also yield seeds that birds such as the common redpoll and the pine siskin enjoy, making them come back year after year.
Red alder trees are fast-growing trees that can reach a height of 40 to 80 feet high. They do live a long time but rarely past 100 years old. These trees are able to grow in a wide variety of soil types, including poorly drained clay and well-drained gravels and sand.
Cascara trees are on the smaller side, meaning that if your yard is small, this is the tree for you to look into planting. It has beautiful flowers that are green and white. In addition to this, they grow small, purplish-black berries that birds, especially the cedar waxwing, love, making the cascara tree very bird-friendly. In fact, it tends to be a favorite tree of birds.
These trees only grow to about 15 to 30 feet high. Cascara trees can grow well in different conditions but thrive the best in a location that is partly sunny. The soil should be moist and well-drained.
If you couldn’t guess from its name, these trees produce fruit that tastes like bitter cherry. Whereas they are not enjoyed by humans, they are very much enjoyed by birds. These trees are also small and work well in smaller yards.
Bitter cherry trees grow quickly, but they only grow to a height of 6 to 45 feet tall. Additionally, they only live about 30 to 40 years. These trees do well either in full sun or part shade and in medium- or slow-draining soil.
If your yard is larger, the Oregon crabapple tree is an addition you should be looking at. It’s a gorgeous tree that blooms with pink flowers, which turn red and orange during the fall. As you can guess by the name, these trees produce tart crabapples that are eaten by birds. Small birds, like finches, especially love these trees.
Oregon crabapple trees grow slowly and range from 20 to 35 feet in height. They can tolerate heavy clay soil and wet winter weather. These trees also do well in full sun or part shade.
The seven above trees will not only make your yard beautiful, but they will attract many various birds to your yard as well.
All birds, no matter the type, will bring song and more color to your home to be enjoyed by you and your family. Depending on the size of your yard, the amount of sun it receives, and the soil you have, some trees may be better suited for you to plant than others. If you have any questions about this or would like some more guidance in choosing trees that will work well in your yard and attract birds, give Mr. Tree a call today and we’ll be happyBirds to help. Your trees will attract birds to your yard before you know it.