Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Fruiting Trees: Attracting Birds

The crab apple (pictured foreground top and bottom left) and the dogwood (background top) are putting on their second show of the year. We love plants that do double (or triple) duty. Mostly known for their spring flowers, crab apples and dogwoods don't get enough credit or attention for their fall contribution. Their bright red fruit offer an additional texture to the autumn foliage. Not only ornamental, both are the favorites of birds, especially the Eastern Bluebird, the Northern Cardinal, and the Yellow Warbler.

At a time when many bird feeders in the Hudson Valley may be attracting bears, you can still draw birds to your back yard with these fall fruiting trees.