These plants are for the birds! Actually, yes they are. These trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines produce fruit or seeds that our native songbirds relish! In order for some of these perennial plants to be useful to birds, you will need to leave the seedheads, unsightly as they may seem to some, through fall and winter where the birds can properly utilize them. This list includes some of the top most important fall and winter fruits for your favorite feathered friends like Hollies, Beautyberries, Coneflowers - both Echinacea and Rudbeckias, and more.
In late winter to early this tree literally covers up in clusters of pink-purple to red-purple pea-shaped flowers that are borne from seemingly every nook, cranny, and twig and even along much of the trunk. The flowers are followed by edible peapods (when young and tender). The Eastern Redbud is a small native deciduous tree with medium to large heart-shaped foliage and a broad spreading crown often as wide or nearly as wide as it is high. It is found naturally from central Texas and throughout the central US reaching into the New England states. Redbuds are often found with our native White Dogwoods in good quality well-drained sandy loam acidic soils. This native tree is naturally an understory tree making it shade tolerant but it will also grow quite well in full to mostly sunny sites. The abundant flowers offer nectar and pollen to a variety of large and small native bees. Item# 11618