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Tree/shrub for birds

Hi I am in the middle of redoing my garden and would like a small tree or shrub to go at the back near the bird feeder so birds have somewhere safe to land. My garden is only 7m2 so need something that won't take up too much room. The plant that is already there is in a pot and has been moved. behind the yellow yarrow is a pyracantha which I will be training along the fence and we as planting some climbers to cover fence.  In the corner I have a Sorbus Autumn Spire. It doesn't have to have fruit/berries for the birds (although that would be a bonus) but really just a sturdy safe place for them to perch in don't really want anything too tall or that will get to busy don't mind having to do a bit of pruning.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,318
    One of the taller cotoneasters may suit.
    Mine humm with bees in the summer and lots of berries for the birds in winter too
    Or more eye catching a sambucus (gold or black) will have lots of perches for your birds :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,485
    A crab apple could work, blossom in Spring, fruit in Autumn, not too big.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,279
    We often recommend this, and for good reason - Amelanchier lamarckii. Perfect for smaller gardens, flowers in spring for pollinators, berries in autumn for birds. Lots of branches perfect for birds.
    We had a row of them in a courtyard area at last house, bordering the rest of the garden. The sparrows spent loads of time flitting in and out, from them to the feeders, and safe from the sparrowhawks  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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