Here are five trees that help make life a bit better for our feathered and furry friends during these harsh winter months.
Snowdrift Crabapple (Malus ‘Snowdrift’) – These beautiful trees will stun you with their Spring display, then stun you again with their fall color, then top it off by bringing an incredible variety of birds, including bluebirds and thrushes, to your yard throughout the winter. Fun fact: There are over 800 different crabapple cultivars.
Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) – This hemlock provides a cozy home for winter wildlife along with putting dinner on the table. Some of the many species that will show up to enjoy this tree with you are juncos and chickadees, as well as other small mammals.
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) – Hackberry fruit can be counted on to be popular with winter birds, especially the cedar waxwing, mockingbird and robin. In other seasons the tree also attracts butterfly species including American snout, comma, hackberry, mourning cloak, tawny emperor and question mark.
Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) – Foxes and raccoons are among the many small mammals that enjoy finding Persimmon fruit in the winter. Persimmon fruit doubles as a tasty treat for you and your family. Check out all these great recipes.
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)– Not to be confused with Poison Sumac, this nontoxic shrub or small tree draws a number of different songbirds, including chickadees, throughout the winter. Plus, the fruit makes a fine lemonade alternative!
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