bird food! an avian ruckus in the cornus
I have said before that I know what birds like, and have created a slideshow of the various Cornus, or dogwood, species that I grow–all of them good wildlife plants. But since the berries produced by Cornus alba and Cornus sericea, both twig dogwoods, really don’t catch my eye, I was interested to see that gray catbirds and tufted titmice, in particular, are positively wild about the unassuming white fruit.
I grow a few varieties of Cornus alba and C. sericea, including the variegated-leaf, gold-twig ‘Silver and Gold,’ the gold-leaf, red-twig sericea called ‘Sunshine’ (above, in fruit; Cornus alba ‘Aurea’ is similar) and others. Apparently my avian companions agree with me that these twig dogwoods are plants deserving of a place in every garden. Are you serving some up now, too?
- How to make a bird garden
- Slideshow of Cornus species I grow
- Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’ profile
- More fruiting plants the birds like here