Top 13 Trees and Shrubs With Berries for Birds 

Many Midwest and eastern U.S. states have eastern red cedar junipers. In September and October, it produces a bluish black fruit that looks like a berry but is the female cone.  

Eastern Red Cedar

Woody plant specialist Michael Dirr adds, “For fruit display in the winter garden, few plants rival pyracanthas.” Birds gather around orange to crimson pomes (not berries) and may appear inebriated when overripe.  


Winterberry, a deciduous holly, grows throughout the U.S. and Canada. In winter, barren trees with red or gold berries shine.  


Holly is a popular Christmas decoration because to its leathery green leaves and bright red berries, although many birds eat it in winter. Although its tempting berries are deadly to humans, birds can eat them.  

American Holly

Viburnums attract songbirds with their bright, nourishing fruit and nesting protection. Pine grosbeaks, cedar waxwings, cardinals, and bluebirds love viburnum's bright berries.  


Birds wait till better meals are gone to eat red or black chokeberry shrub berries, which are low in fat and protein. Tough native plants have beautiful fall color. 


Crabapples, famed for their spring flowers, feed cardinals, cedar waxwings, and robins.  


Serviceberries are hardy, airy plants or shrubs. Plant a local species to attract birds and other creatures. They bloom. 


This luxuriant shrub has long, arching branches. Early summer flat white flower clusters become purple bird berries by late summer. 



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