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Great Berries

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Great Birds

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  • Big Saltbush

    Big Saltbush

    Atriplex lentiformis

    Fruits eaten by a number of birds and mammals, including songbirds and quail. Provides cover habitat.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Blue GrosbeakBlue Grosbeak
    • Spotted TowheeSpotted Towhee
    • California ThrasherCalifornia Thrasher
    • California QuailCalifornia Quail

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Pygmy Blue ButterflyPygmy Blue Butterfly
    • MacNeill's Sooty-wing ButterflyMacNeill's Sooty-wing Butterfly
  • Blue Elderberry

    Blue Elderberry

    Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea

    Berries are consumed by a number of birds and mammals, and hummingbirds can be found nectaring on the flowers. Provides cover habitat.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • Blue GrosbeakBlue Grosbeak
    • Lesser GoldfinchLesser Goldfinch
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird
    • Spotted TowheeSpotted Towhee
    • California QuailCalifornia Quail
    • PhainopeplaPhainopepla

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Allen's HummingbirdAllen's Hummingbird
    • Anna's HummingbirdAnna's Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird
  • California Coffeeberry

    California Coffeeberry

    Frangula californica

    Fruits persist through fall and the juicy berries are eaten by many birds.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Lesser GoldfinchLesser Goldfinch
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird
    • California ThrasherCalifornia Thrasher
    • Western BluebirdWestern Bluebird
    • Band-tailed PigeonBand-tailed Pigeon

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
  • Red-osier Dogwood

    Red-osier Dogwood

    Cornus sericea L.

    High-fat berries are important for migratory and wintering birds, and reports indicate that 95 different bird species eat red-osier dogwood berries. Provides cover habitat for birds and mammals.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • American RobinAmerican Robin
    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird
    • Western BluebirdWestern Bluebird
    • WrentitWrentit

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Allen's HummingbirdAllen's Hummingbird
    • Anna's HummingbirdAnna's Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird

    Caterpillars That utilize this plant

    This isn’t all of the caterpillars in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to use this species as a host plant.

    • Spring azureSpring Azure
  • Toyon

    Toyon

    Heteromeles arbutifolia

    Also known as “Christmas berry,” this evergreen shrub produces bright red berries that are an important winter food for many birds.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

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    SOME OF YOUR REGION’S BIRDS THAT WILL EAT ITS BERRIES

    This isn’t all of the birds in your region that will utilize it, but some that are known to feed on this berry species.

    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Spotted TowheeSpotted Towhee
    • Western BluebirdWestern Bluebird
    • California QuailCalifornia Quail

    Some Pollinators this berry helps attract

    This isn’t all of the pollinators in your region that will utilize it, but a handful of representative species.

    • Native BeesNative Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • Allen's HummingbirdAllen's Hummingbird
    • Anna's HummingbirdAnna's Hummingbird
    • Black-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird

Header photo credits: Catbird © Laura Frazier, Cedar Waxing © Kevin L. Cole

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