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Plants the Provide for Birds

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. In the Clemson Home Garden and Information fact sheet 1700, Attracting and Feeding Songbirds, Professor Drew Lanham includes a list of plants that not only bring beauty to your yard but provide cover, food, or nesting spaces for birds as well. Biologist/naturalist John Cely put together that list that is easily organized by size (from large trees deciduous all the way down to shrubs and vines), gives the areas of the state where each plant will grow, and lists information on its value to wildlife. For example, the native viburnum prunifolium is an excellent berry producer while hawthorns support pollinators with their flowers and feed birds when their fruits appear. Even a ditchbank eastern red cedar provides shelter and the female trees have fruits that cedar wax wings feast upon. Fall is the best time to plant in South Carolina – give plants for presents!

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.