Plants for Songbirds

Try these Food Plants for Songbirds!

The following native plants are a good source of food for fruit-eating birds, ranging from American Robins, Varied Thrushes, and Cedar Waxwings to birds as large as Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, California Quail and Band-tailed Pigeons.

Food Plants

Tall Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, Tall Oregon Grape

Saskatoon Berry- Amelanchier alnifolia

Arbutus - Arbutus menziesii

Kinnikinnick - Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Hairy Manzanita - Arctostaphylos columbiana

Red osier Dogwood - Cornus sericea

Bunchberry - Cornus unalaschkensis

Black Hawthorne - Crataegus douglasii

Coastal Strawberry - Fragaria chiloensis

Woodland Strawberry- Fragaria vesca

cornus canadensis, cornus unalaschkensis, Bunchberry.

Salal - Gaultheria shallon

Common Juniper - Juniperus communis

Trumpet Honeysuckle - Lonicera ciliosa

Black Twinberry - Lonicera involucrata

Hairy Honeysuckle - Lonicera hispidula

Dull Oregon Grape - Mahonia nervosa

Tall Oregon Grape - Mahonia aquifolium

False Lily-of-the-Valley - Maianthemum dilatatum

Indian Plum - Oemleria cerasiformisLonicera ciliosa, Cornus sericea, Trumpet Honeysuckle and Red osier Dogwood

Bitter Cherry - Prunus emarginata

Garry Oak - Quercus garryana

Red Flowering Currant - Ribes sanguineum

Gummy Gooseberry - Ribes lobbii

Baldhip Rose - Rosa gymnocarpa

Nootka Rose - Rosa nutkana

Thimbleberry - Rubus paviflorus

Salmonberry - Rubus spectabilis

Elderberry spp. -Sambucus cerulean, S. racemosa

Trailing Snowberry -Symphoricarpos mollis

Western Snowberry - Symphoricarpos albus

Blueberry spp. - Vaccinium alaskense, V. ovalifolium

Evergreen Huckleberry - Vaccinium ovatum

Red Huckleberry - Vaccinium parvifolium

Remember, plantings that provide food or shelter for songbirds will bring them to your home. Always try to use native species as much as possible - they provide the most value and are much more likely to be used by our native bird species for nesting and habitat.