For the chance to be featured, share your plant pictures with uson Instagram by using the hashtag #YourTMGarden. All rights reserved (About Us). Skimmia –a relatively small shrub that can be grown in a large pot on the patio, skimmias are hardy and evergreen, have clusters of pink tinged flowers in the spring followed by a generous covering of glossy red berries that can last well into the winter months. 10. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Hardy to Zone 7. A late-flowering evergreen with sunny yellow flowers and blue-black berries for the birds. 15 Jul, 2010 . m_gallery_type = "photo"; Gallery: 5 berry-bearing shrubs to feed birds in winter. I just recently tried some berries I harvested from my yard on ice cream and the combination was delicious (but just about anything on ice cream is good). You can also supplement your local birds’ diets by choosing from our birdcare range. Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Many summer insect-eating birds switch to berries when insects are in short supply. 11. That doesn't mean just a bird feeder of seeds and nuts. They are in my “wild” part of the garden (although it seems that most of my garden has gone wild the past decade or so). Birds are generalist feeders when it comes to fleshy fruit selection and will eat what fits in their beak, which is another example of coevolution through natural selection. The flowers in early summer are always alive with pollinating insects, and in the autumn, when the juice filled deep purple berries appear in their heavy clusters, a free for all birds takes place as they start to fatten themselves up for the winter. Naturalized, not native, in North America Leatherleaf mahonia was brought to Europe from its home in China in the 1800s. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Birds have a high metabolism and need to eat frequently to maintain energy levels. The cultivar 'Profusion' exhibits an especially abundant amount of berries. And because birds are as likely, or even more likely in some cases, to disperse an invasive plant as a native plant, the bird/plant mutualism has been spoiled. Honeysuckles (Lonicera) : Honeysuckles will attract Hummingbirds, Towhees, Thrasher, Robin, and Bluebirds. Leatherleaf mahonia grows best in North Florida. Bayberries: I grow two bayberries that have gotten huge. Homes & Gardens of the Northwest on Facebook page. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Mahonia is an oft-used ingredient as well. Firstly Blue tits are known to seek out and eat/drink the nectar which your mahonia gives out in large amounts coupled with the fact not much else would give out much nectar at this time of year. For all that, they still need the right foods for energy production. The birds really like my mahonia aquifolium....too soon to tell with these. Hardy to Zone 5.Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri) was named for a reason: The exquisite violet to purple berries in mid-winter stop people in their tracks. However, since they’ve only recently begun to raise serious interest, not much breeding and selection has taken place. m_gallery_creation_date = "Saturday, January 09, 2016, 8:54 AM"; Cornus – Dogwoods are an ideal garden plant, best known for the bright stems that shine out in winter, with fiery shades to warm the garden. Neither of them thought the berries would grow after being through a bird's digestive system and the berries aren't too likely to be carried away by the birds.