Bird Attracting Trees
Layered landscapes which embrace diversity of foliage, flower, colour and texture, can often feature a bird attracting tree or two if you are looking to increase the presence of bird life in your landscape. Many native trees already provide visual year-round interest due to their brightly coloured flowers and attractive grey-green foliage but these can also attract nesting and nectar eating birds. Here is a sample of trees that do just that:
Acacia implexa is one of the best species to start with when talking about bird attracting trees as they provide cover for birds as well as food in the form of seeds or insects. This drought tolerant small tree has an open crown, long slender green leaves and pale yellow flowers in summertime.
Banksia integrifolia is a distinctive native tree found on the east coast of Australia. It has rough patterned bark and long green leaves with a silver underside. Pale yellow, cylinder-shaped flowers can be seen in summer to winter and can be up to 12cm long.
Callistemon ’Kings Park Special’ is a native shrub or small tree is very hardy and adaptable to a wide range of locations and soils. It is generally trouble-free, growing to about 4m high and 2m across. The flowers appear as beautiful crimson spikes which are borne in spring and summer. Requiring little to no maintenance, this variety flowers over a lengthy period and the slender, green foliage forms a neat, rounded appearance.
Corymbia ficifolia ‘Baby Orange’ is a compact and tough Australian native with brilliant flowers in summertime. It produces numerous branches which form a dense canopy. Over the summer months it is covered with striking orange flowers, providing a feast for nectar loving birds.
Brachychiton ’Jerilderie Red’ is an attractive densely canopied tree that grows to approximately 8m tall and 7m wide. It has a bloated trunk and large lobed leaves. During the summer months, the tree is densely packed with stunning powdery-red flowers that are shaped like small bells.
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