Small Trees That Attract Birds for Food, Shelter and Nesting

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These small trees and bushes offer food and cover all year long, so they will attract more birds. It's easy to grow these types in small yards.  

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There is a proven method for attracting birds. Birds love backyards with food, shelter, and nesting locations. A wonderful way to offer all three? Conifers!  

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Crossbills eat seed-filled or berrylike cones, and dense branches provide four-season nesting and predator protection. If your yard doesn't contain any conifers, you may not have room for a huge fir or Colorado blue spruce.  

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That's where tiny conifers come in. These small versions of the big trees are beautiful, useful, and have traits that birds like.  

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Small trees and shrubs fit into yards of all sizes, from low-growing ground covers to small globe forms to 5-foot pyramidal trees. In addition to making your yard bird-friendly, their modest size, intriguing colors, and needle textures meet many landscape needs.  

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Dwarf trees grow slower and smaller than full-size trees, but their growth rate and height depend on climate, site conditions, and species.  

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Small settings benefit from dwarf conifers' diverse colors, forms, and textures. Yellows, oranges, soothing blues, and multicolored needles or scales are available in addition to green.  

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Some conifers change color with the season, such as fresh spring growth, deciduous conifer fall leaves like larch, or false cypress and numerous juniper ground covers' plum hue in cooler temperatures.  

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also see

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The Essential Guide to Companion Gardening  

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