Many bird species are declining worldwide because of habitat loss. These selected trees and shrubs attract birds with their fruits that provide much-needed energy and fat for friends who will migrate or overwinter. White oak acorns are high in carbohydrates and eaten by a variety of birds and other wildlife including blue jay, bobwhite, and wild turkey-- acorns are like cheeseburgers of the forest!
Includes 10 bare root seedlings (12-18"), 2 of each species listed below:
- Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis
- This medium-sized relative of the elm tree is hardy and adaptable to urban conditions, but grows best in moist soils and floodplains in full sun. Its fruit is a small berry that’s consumed by many birds and mammals. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/hackberry
- Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor
- Swamp white oak is a large tree (50-60’ tall) with a broad crown. Leaves turn varied shades in fall from bronze to yellow. Prefers wet conditions with acid soil in full sun to part shade, but adaptable to upland sites as well. Rounded acorns (0.50-1”) are usually found in pairs and are enjoyed by a wide range of wildlife. Tolerant of drought and black walnut trees. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/swampwhiteoak
- Eastern Wahoo, Euonymus atropurpurea
- Native alternative to invasive burning-bush offering fall color that’s just as lovely. Flowers are attractive to small bees, the foliage is used several caterpillars, and fruits are eaten by songbirds. Fruits are an attractive and unusual capsule that splits with bright red fruit that songbirds disperse. Prefers part-shade.
- White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis
- White Cedar is an important native evergreen species naturally found in moist/swampy forests, reaching 20-30’ tall at maturity. Provides an important winter food source for deer and rabbits, while songbirds utilize this large shrub/small tree for food and shelter. While it prefers full sun and is adaptable to many soil conditions, it does not like dry soil or exposed, windy sites. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/arborvitae
- Winterberry, Ilex verticillata
- The bright red berries of this shrub appear in summer or autumn and last through the winter (hence the name), therefore providing an important food source for birds. Prefers full sun to partial shade and medium or wet conditions, where it will grow 3-12' tall. Is commonly found near ponds, streams or in swamps, and this preference for moist soil makes it suitable for rain gardens.