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Invite Birds

Trees are treasured by wildlife and birds in particular, as they provide food, water and shelter. The early spring season is a great time to consider how you may add bird loving trees to your garden. Here are a few of our favorites, featured at Squak Mt.

Flowering Crabapples

Crabapples host over 256 species of butterflies and moths. They are also well-loved and visited by bees, beetles and other small insects. Birds enjoy eating these insects as well as the fruit developed late in the summer. We have several terrific varieties of crabapples that feature small fruits that persist late into winter and seldom create any mess on the ground. These fruits provide a much-needed food source for birds.

Sparkling SpriteCrabapple is a small, compact (12’ H & W) flowering tree with clean, bright green leaves. It features pink buds opening to white blooms. After flowering, it bears small ½” yellow-orange fruit. Other excellent varieties beloved by birds include Adirondack, Ivory Spear, Raspberry Spear and Royal Raindrops (Illustrated here).

European Mt. Ash
(Sorbus aucuparia) sometimes referred to as Rowan tree, grows taller and wider than crabapples,
with large clusters of white blooms followed by red berries. Fall foliage is displayed in vivid shades of orange. Mt. Ash can tolerate full sun but will be happiest with some shade on summer afternoons. 30’ H x 20’ W.

Winter KingHawthorn
(Crataegus) is an all season performer. Spring is welcomed with white flowers. Deep green foliage turns to rich purple red in autumn. The showy orange- red berries last late into winter. 25’ H x 25’ W

Flowering Dogwoods are understory trees, happily living in the dappled shade of other trees or by the side of the house. At Squak Mt. we have a wide variety of dogwoods, including white and pink blooming varieties. After enjoying the wonderful late spring flowers, you will see the red fruit form (a few varieties are sterile) in late summer. You may have noticed the entry into the main retail building at Squak Mt. is often adorned with red berries in late summer, having fallen off our Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa) tree. 15-20’ H and W.

Autumn Brilliance
Serviceberry (Amelanchier) – This native plant can be grown as single or multi trunk tree. They are not picky when it comes to soils. Once established, serviceberry is quite drought tolerant as well. Abundant white spring blooms are followed by tasty purple-red berries in summer, a favorite of both birds and people.

Trees take up a lot of airspace, but leave you plenty of room on the ground. Thoughtfully consider where you might be able to add a tree that brings you beauty, color and shade to your garden. And when you select one of the varieties discussed here, you will also enjoy watching the birds as they thrive in the habitat you have provided… Gardening is for the Birds!

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