Re: Fruit Bearing Flowering Bush Ideas??

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Posted by Newt on July 30, 2003 at 19:57:54:

In Reply to: Fruit Bearing Flowering Bush Ideas?? posted by merri on July 22, 2003 at 05:13:18:

: I have a place near my bird feeding station for a new bush. I'd like something that flowers and bears fruit for the birds. No taller than 3 ft would work best.I'm in zone 5; it gets dappled sunlight most of the day. Ideas?? Thanks!

Hi Merri,
The part I'm having trouble fulfilling on your request is the 3' height. The only one that comes to mind is Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' - Winterberry. But, you'll need a male AND a female to get berries on the female.

http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/codea/K660.shtml

Maybe you could plant something like Itea virginica - Virginia sweetspire that will stay small, tolerate the part sun and offer a shrub for a landing pad for the birds instead. It would still offer fragrance, some have burgandy fall color and flowers with nectar for the butterflies.

Mature shrub in spring
http://www.greystoneg.com/Summerimages/itea.jpg

Fall color and info
http://www.onla.org/ps_01itea.html

Take a look around these sites as well.
http://www.gwf.org/swhbird.htm
http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/
http://www.pineridgegardens.com/birdfood.htm#plants
http://www.kountrykravings.com/wildbird.htm
http://www.birdnature.com/trees.html

Hope that helps.
Newt

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