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Top Five

Great Berries

— for the —

Great Birds

Of Your Region

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  • Common Elderberry

    Common Elderberry

    Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

    Fruits are favored by many birds and are rich in carbohydrates and protein, which is important for migrating songbirds. Provides cover habitat for birds and other wildlife.

    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
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Northern BobwhiteNorthern Bobwhite
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
    • Brown ThrasherBrown Thrasher

    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

    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.

    • Henry's elfinHenry's Elfin
  • Common Serviceberry

    Common Serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea

    Produces berries early in the growing season when fruit availability is scarce. Berries are high in carbohydrates and protein. Fruits are usually eaten as soon as they ripen by dozens of bird species.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
    JAN
    FEB
    MAR
    APR
    MAY
    JUN
    JUL
    AUG
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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
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
    • Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

    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
    • Ruby-throated HummingbirdRuby-throated 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.

    • Striped hairstreakStriped Hairstreak
    • Red-spotted purpleRed-spotted Purple
  • Silky Dogwood

    Silky Dogwood

    Cornus amomum

    High-fat berries are an important food source for migratory and wintering birds.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
    JAN
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    MAR
    APR
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    JUN
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    AUG
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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.

    • Hermit ThrushHermit Thrush
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse
    • Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker

    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

    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
    • Summer AzureSummer Azure
  • Southern Arrowwood

    Southern Arrowwood

    Viburnum dentatum

    Fruits have a high fat, carbohydrate, and protein content, making them very valuable to migratory songbirds that need sustenance to complete their long journey, as well to birds overwintering in areas where insects are not available.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
    JAN
    FEB
    MAR
    APR
    MAY
    JUN
    JUL
    AUG
    SEP
    OCT
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    DEC

    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
    • Cedar WaxwingCedar Waxwing
    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Eastern BluebirdEastern Bluebird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird

    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
    • bumble beesBumble Bees
    • butterfliesButterflies
    • mothsMoths

    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
    • Henry's elfinHenry's Elfin
    • Baltimore checkerspotBaltimore Checkerspot
  • Spicebush

    Spicebush

    Lindera benzoin

    Berries are packed with protein and fat. These nutritious fruits are consumed by many birds, and are especially important for migratory birds.

    When Does It Have Berries & Flowers?

    Berries
    Flowers
    JAN
    FEB
    MAR
    APR
    MAY
    JUN
    JUL
    AUG
    SEP
    OCT
    NOV
    DEC

    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
    • Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird
    • Gray CatbirdGray Catbird
    • Northern BobwhiteNorthern Bobwhite
    • Great Crested FlycatcherGreat Crested Flycatcher

    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
    • mothsMoths
    • Eastern tiger swallowtailEastern Tiger Swallowtail
    • Spicebush swallowtailSpicebush Swallowtail
    • Promethea silkmothPromethea Silkmoth

    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.

    • Eastern tiger swallowtailEastern Tiger Swallowtail
    • Spicebush swallowtailSpicebush Swallowtail
    • Promethea silkmothPromethea Silkmoth

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

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