Hi, can anyone advise me on good tree for a small garden that will attract birds?
I think the ones that birds love the most are the ones that have berries in the autumn that they can munch on.
Hawthorn, Rowan (mountain ash), crab apple.
Rowans have a straight upright shape and can be trimmed when they reach a height you don't want them to go beyond. Cotonoeasters can be grown into a tree like shape with pruning.
I have an Amelanchier. We have bullfinches in it every Spring.
My crabapple...malus everest... is covered in fruit and blackbirds in autumn/winter, up to 5 or 6 birds feeding at a time. Fantastic spring blossom.
Hawthorn or sloe very much liked by birds as a food source and shelter.
We have a rowan in the front - it is very compact, growing in a flower border. We also plan to get some cordon apple trees to train. They will take up very little space, and good for the bees. I will probably be fighting the birds for the apples!
Crab apple - mine wa sstripped bare of fruits in about 1 week