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Garden with a Winner!™

Top 10 Trees for Supporting Wildlife

Amelanchier canadensis(Canadian Serviceberry)

Flowering in spring, produces fruit in the summer; attracts robins, waxwings, cardinals, grosbeaks, etc. Also provides shelter for nests.

-consider other Serviceberry cultivars as well-

Quercus alba (White Oak)

A large tree, provides a nesting site, and produces acorns every year (unlike other oaks); attracts woodpeckers, jays, ducks, turkeys, squirrels, and chipmunks.

Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ (Ivory Silk Lilac)

Late bloomer compared to other flowering trees; attracts many pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

Flowers provide nectar for bees in spring; fruit sustains cardinals and other birds throughout the winter months. Birds devour the small fruit.

-consider other Ornamental Pear cultivars as well-

Prunus serotina(Black Cherry)

Spring blooms provide nectar for pollinators, which leads to a late summer fruit that is consumed by thrushes, woodpeckers, sparrows, bluebirds, orioles, and many other bird species. Mammals, like chipmunks and foxes, will eat the fruit as well.

Sorbus aucuparia ‘Cardinal Royal’ (Cardinal Royal Mountain Ash)

This ash tree produces an abundance of small fruit, a favourite for many local birds.

-consider other Mountain Ash cultivars as well-

Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum Tree)

Its flowers provide a rich source of nectar and small fruit for birds that ripen as they prepare to migrate.

Juglans cinerea(White Butternut)

The nuts on this tree can feed squirrels, mice and people and is a great host tree for woodpeckers.


Celtis occidentalis(Common Hackberry)

The Common Hackberry produces small fruit for songbirds and game birds, as well as hosting many species of butterflies.

Picea glauca(White Spruce)

Seeds are food for small birds like the finch and grosbeaks. They provide winter cover when deciduous trees are bares. Excellent shelter for nesting birds in the spring.

-consider other Spruce cultivars as well-