Plants for attracting birds to the garden



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PLANTS FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS TO THE GARDEN



Gardeners are always looking for ways and means to attract birds to the garden. Planting food plants certainly helps the cause enormously. Creating suitable habitats with shelter, protection, nesting sights and water also plays a significant role in making birds feel at home in suburban environments. These are just a few of the many bird attracting plants that assist the cause.

Trees

  • Aloe barberae (tree aloe) (E) (I) (N)

  • Antidesmavenosum(tassel berry) (ED) (I) (F)

  • Apodytesdimidiata (white pear) (E) (I) (F)

  • Bersamaluscens(glossy white ash) (E) (I) (F)

  • Brideliamicrantha(mitzeerie) (D) (I) (F)

  • Carica papaya (paw paw or papaya) (E) (F)

  • Celtisafricana (white stinkwood) (D) (I) (F)

  • Ekebergiacapensis(Cape ash) (E) (I) (F)

  • Erythrinacaffra(inland coral tree) (D) (I) (N)

  • Erythrinalysistemon(coral tree) (D) (I) (N)

  • Ficuscarica(eating fig) (D) (F)

  • Ficusnatalensis (Natal fig) (ED) (F) – note: all wild figs are amongst the finest bird attracting plants but they need huge gardens to grow in and roots can cause damage to property.

  • Ficussur (Cape wild fig) (D) (I) (F)

  • Ficustrichopoda (hippopotamus fig) (E) (I) (F)

  • Grewiaoccidentalis(cross-berry) (E) (I) (F)

  • Greyiasutherlandii (Natal bottlebrush) (D) (I) (N)

  • Hallerialucida(wild tree fuchsia) (E) (I) (N) (F)

  • Harpephyllumcaffrum(wild plum) (E) (I) (F)

  • Kigeliapinnata(sausage tree) (D) (I) (N)

  • Kiggelariaafrcicana (wild peach) (E) (I) (F)

  • Mimusopscaffra(coastal red milkwood) (E) (I) (F)

  • Pappeacapensis(doppruim or bushveld cherry) (E (I) (F)

  • Protorhuslongifolia(red beech) (E) (I) (F)

  • Rhamnusprinoides(dogwood) (E) (I) (F)

  • Schotiabrachypetala (weeping Boer bean) (E) (I) (N)

  • Sclerocaryabirreasubspcaffra(marula) (D) (I) (F)

  • Stenocarpussinuatus(fire wheel tree) (E) (N)

  • Strelitzianicolai(wild banana) (E) (I) (N) (S)

  • Syzygium paniculatum (Australian brush cherry) (E) (F)

  • Vachelliakaroo(sweet thorn) (D) (S) note: all the trees previously known as Acacias or thorn trees produce seeds that attract certain bird species

Key: (E) = evergreen (D) = deciduous (I) = indigenous (F) = fruit (N) = nectar rich (S) = seed (C) = climber (B) = bulb


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