Plants That Attract Birds

Attract bluebirds, buntings, bush tits, cardinals, catbirds, chickadees, doves, finches, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, jays, juncos, mockingbirds, nuthatches, orioles, pine siskins, robins, sparrows, tanagers, thrashers, thrush, titmice, towhees, warblers, waxwings, woodpeckers, and wrens to your yard with the following plants.

Plants That Attract Bluebirds

Bluebird, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Black Gum, Dogwood, Blackberry, Cottoneaster, Euonymus, Laurel Cherry, Chokecherry, Currant, Sumac, Elderberry, Fig, Grape, Juniper, Red Cedar, Crabapple, Serviceberry, Eastern Red Cedar, Pokeweed, Blueberry, Black Cherry, European Crabapple, Holly, Mistletoe, Mulberry, Winterberry, Viburnum, Virginia Creeper, Wild Rose, Honeysuckle, Mistletoe

Plants That Attract Buntings

indigo bunting
Bunting, Hart Curt, Flickr

Blackberry, Blueberry, Elderberry, Crimson Clover, Elephant Grass, Strawberry, Thistle, Vetch, Beggarweed

Plants That Attract Bush Tits

bush tit
Bush Tit, Winnu, Flickr

Maple, White Alder, Coyote Brush, Sage, Butterfly Bush (bushtits feed on the insects it attracts)

Plants That Attract Cardinals

Cardinal, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikipedia

Tulip, Poplar, Beautyberry, Blackberry, Crabapple, Magnolia, Viburnum, Sunflower, Mulberry, Wild Rose, Holly, Wild Grape Eastern Red Cedar, Green Hawthorn, Buttonbush, Climbing Bittersweet, Dandelion, Tussock Sedge, Raspberry, Elderberry, Hackberry, Sour Cherry, Dogwood, Hawthorn, Aster, Coneflower, Smooth Crabgrass, Virginia Creeper, Blueberry, Sumac, Witch Hazel, Red Clover, Elderberry, Vervain, Yellow Poplar

Plants That Attract Catbirds

Catbird, Ibm4381, Flickr

Magnolia, Persimmon, Plum, Marlberry, Beautyberry, Chokecherry, Mountain Ash, Inkberry, Wax Myrtle, Coral Honeysuckle Vine, Wild Coffee, Pigeon Plum, Sea-Grape, Simpson Stopper, Arrowwood, Black Huckleberry

Plants That Attract Chickadees

Chickadee, Ibm4381, Flickr

Bayberry, Crabapple, Maple, Oak, American Elm, White Spruce, Black Huckleberry, Sunflower, Beech, Willow, Blueberry, Cherry, Honeysuckle, Pine, Coast Redwood, Virginia Creeper, Flax, Blackberry, Wild Rose, Aster, Coneflower, Tulip Tree, Sycamore, Blueberry

Plants That Attract Doves

Dove, Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons

Cedar, Spruce, While Alder, Bladderpod, Elderberry, Alder, Pine, Blueberry, Wild Grape, Witch Hazel, Willow, Fourwing, Saltbush, Sunflower, Flax, Poppies, Sumac, Blueberry, Pokeweed, Purslane, Crabgrass, Switchgrass

Plants That Attract European Robins

european robin
European Robin, Wwarby, Flickr

Beech, Oak, Ivy, Elder, Most berry plants

Plants That Attract Finches

Finch, Swift Benjamin, Flickr

Maple, Spruce, Pine, Oak, Blackberry, Cedar, Thistle, Wild Rose, Raspberry, Birch, Dogwood, Strawberry, Crabapple, Serviceberry, Sunflower, Hawthorn, Alder,  Juniper, Cherry, Fig

Plants That Attract Grosbeaks

evening grosbeak
Grosbeak, Omakakii, Flickr

Maple, Dogwood, Willow, Raspberry, Norway Spruce, Black Huckleberry, Juniper, Cherry, Elderberry, Strawberry, Apple, Hawthorn, Blackberry, Sunflower, Crabapple, Hemlock, Ash, Fig, Birch, Mulberry, Tulip Poplar, Elm

Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbird, Hart_curt, Flickr

Honeysuckle, Beebalm, Sage, Fuchsia, Canada Lily, Cardinal Flower, Trumpet Creeper, Indian Pink, Mountain Rosebay, Red Buckeye, Red Columbine, Spotted Jewelweed, Sunset Hyssop/Licorice Mint, Indian Shot, Mexican Cigar Plant, Red Tropical Sage/Texas Sage/Scarlet Sage/Anise Sage

Plants That Attract Jays

steller's jay
Steller’s Jay,

Cherry, Prune, Oak, Juniper, Piñon, Blueberry, Hazelnut, Pine, Cedar, Wild Grape, Mulberry, Blackberry, Yellow Poplar, Pine, Holly, Hickory, Birch, Beech,  Chestnut, Spruce, Dogwood, Sycamore

Plants That Attract Juncos

dark-eyed junco
Dark-Eyed Junco

Pine, Blanket Flower, Birch, Chickweed, Crabgrass, Lamb’s Quarters, Fir Hemlock, Sumac, Dense Shrubs, Pigweed, Ragweed, Sorrel

Plants That Attract Mockingbirds

Mockingbird, Hart_curt, Flickr

Elderberry, Grape, Manzanita, California Lilac, Holly-Leaf Cherry, California Coffeeberry, Holly, Willow, Wild Rose, Dogwood, Sassafras, Hawthorn, Simpson Stopper, Maple, Marlberry, Beautyberry, Bloodberry, Coral Honeysuckle Vine, Mulberry, Flowering Crabapple, Pokeweed, Spicebush

Plants That Attract North American Robins

american robin
Robin (North American), Ibm4381, Flickr

Currant, Thimbleberry, Elderberry, Snowberry, Evergreen Huckleberry, Madrone, Manzanita, Dogwood, Twinberry Honeysuckle, Toyon, Barberry,  Mulberry, Crabapple, Inkberry, Juniper, California Wax Myrtle, Cherry, California Coffeeberry, Chokecherry, Pigeon Plum, Sabal Palm, Wild Rose, Viburnum, Maple, Mountain Ash, Mulberry, Sour Gum, Woodbine, Black Huckleberry

Plants That Attract Nuthatches

Nuthatch, Qmnonic, Flickr

Elderberry, Maple, Oak, Beech, Virginia Creeper, Elm, American Sycamore, Sunflower, White Pine, Coneflower, Black Locust, Mockernut Hickory, Smooth Crabgrass, Switchgrass, Hawthorn, Ponderosa Pine

Plants That Attract Orioles

Oriole, Thefixer, Flickr

Maple, Dogwood, Butterfly Bush, Yucca, Mulberry, Honey/Common Mesquite, Firebush, Coral Honeysuckle Vine, Mountain Ash, Cherry, Raspberry

Plants That Attract Pine Siskins

pine siskin
Pine Siskin, Goingslo, Flickr

Alder, White Birch, Maple, Western Sycamore, California Rose, American Larch, Australian Gum, Spruce, Sunflower, Pine, Elm, Thistle, Birch, Spruce, Canadian Hemlock, Northern White Cedar, Sweet Gum, Chickweed, Ragweed

Plants That Attract Sparrows

Sparrow, Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons

Maple, Crabgrass, Willow Oak, Sweetgum, Flowering Dogwood, Lamb’s Quarters, Elderberry, American Elm, Yellow Poplar, Cherry, Clover, Blackberry, Holly, Easter Redcedar, Black Willow, Climbing Bittersweet, Wild Grape, Smooth Sumac, Spicebush, Witch Hazel, Goldenrod, Purslane

Plants That Attract Tanagers

Tanager, Adventphotography, Flickr

Dogwood, Toyon, Mulberry, Cherry, Black Gum, Plum, Serviceberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Elderberry, Huckleberry, Sumac, Grape, Virginia Creeper

Plants That Attract Thrashers

brown thrasher
Thrasher, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Dogwood, Toyon, Black Walnut, California Coffeeberry, Chokecherry, Plum, Sumac, Cherry, Sage, Myrsine, Buckthorn, Currant, Blueberry, Huckleberry, Holly

Plants That Attract Thrushes

wood thrush
Wood Thrush, Steve Maslowski, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikipedia

Spruce, Cedar, Lombardi Poplar, White Birch, European Mountain Ash, Pagoda Dogwood, Honeysuckle, California Coffeeberry, Lemonadeberry, Laural Sumac, Currant, Blackhaw, Viburnum, Chokecherry, Fuchsia Flowering, Gooseberry, Willow, Elderberry, Snowberry, Huckleberry, Grape, Madrone, Toyon, Hawthorn, Mulberry, Woodbine

Plants That Attract Titmice

Titmouse, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Elderberry, Dogwood, Black Walnut, Virginia Creeper, Birch, Oak, Beech, Pine, Blueberry, Woodbine, Elm, Aster, Coneflower, Sunflower, Blackberry, Virginia Creeper, Wild Grape, Maple

Plants That Attract Towhees

Towhee, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Snowberry, Beach Strawberry, Toyon, California Black Walnut, Honeysuckle, Barberry, Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Oak, Coffeeberry, Sumac, Thistle, Amaranth, Currant, Gooseberry, Elderberry, Fourwing Saltbush, Mountain Mahogany, Aster, Flowering Crabapple, Black Huckleberry, Ragweed, Smartweed, Madone, Manzanita, Raspberry, Chickweed

Plants That Attract Warblers

pine warbler
Warbler, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Big-Leaf Maple, White Alder, Dogwood, Willow, Gumbo Limbo, Satin Leaf, Wild Tamarind, Pine, Live Oak, Firebush, Wax Myrtle, Necklace Pod

Plants That Attract Waxwings

cedar waxwing
Waxwing, Ken Thomas, Wikipedia

Mountain Ash, Autumn Olive, White Alder, Western Sycamore, Cherry, Dogwood, California Coffeeberry, Thimbleberry, Crabapple, Norway Spruce, Elderberry,  Snowberry, Grape, Wax Myrtle, Holly, Blackhaw, Buckthorn, Wild Rose,  Viburnum, Birch

Plants That Attract Woodpeckers

Woodpecker, Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons

Dogwood, Virginia Creeper, Elderberry, Maple, Oak, Holly, Beautyberry, Mulberry, Pigeon Plum, Beech, Crabapple, Raspberry, Wild Grape, Mountain Ash, Sour Gum, White Spruce, Pine, Blackberry, Blackhaw, Viburnum, Black Cherry

Plants That Attract Wrens

Wren, Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons

Ivy, Bayberry, Sweet Gum, Sumac, Oak, Pine, Smartweed, Cedar, Greenbrier, Wild Grape, Switchgrass, White Cushion Moss, Virginia Creeper

For more on birds, see What to Put in Bird Feeders, How to Attract Birds to Your Garden, and Hummingbird Gardening. For more gardening articles, visit the Gardening and Plants page.


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