7 Plants That Will Attract Birds To Your Garden

American Cranberry Viburnum

The lovely shrub American cranberry bush viburnum (Viburnum opulus var. americanum) boasts white spring blooms, maple-shaped leaves that change vibrant hues in autumn, and red fall berries.

Red-Twig Dogwood

A standout in winter because of its bold red stems, red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) also features clusters of small white flowers in spring, white fruits in summer and fall, and a bold red-orange autumn color.


Brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, and other songbirds like chokeberries (Aronia arbutifolia). Suckering makes it a suitable hedge tree. Chokeberries are native to several states, making them ideal for local fauna.


Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus), a North American burning bush, prefers damp, sunny areas. Its crimson autumn berries and red fall hue make it a nice informal hedge.

Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), an evergreen North American native tree, shelters birds in its thick branches. Blue berrylike cones from female plants are eaten by various birds.

Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), a fast-growing, fast-spreading shrub from North America, with ferny leaves that turn crimson in autumn. It sustains robins and vireos with clusters of hairy dark red berries in winter.


Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) pauses traffic in autumn when the leaves fall and the berries mature, sometimes overlooked in summer gardens. Red-fruited branches attract mockingbirds, robins, and other birds.