Monday, August 18, 2008

Cranberry Viburnum

We have many wonderful native species of Viburnum in North America, and there are interesting species in Asia as well. Many are great garden plants, certainly for a wildlife garden.

Their fruits, although not always the first choice of fruit-eating birds, provide a backup food source, and their shrubby habit is a great place for cover and nesting. A brown thrasher pair took advantage of this cranberry viburnum (Viburnum trilobum) earlier this summer.

The berries are turning a vibrant cranberry red now, and are a striking backdrop to the satellite garden.

Addendum: hmmm, these are so striking that I did another post, forgetting I already had admired them!

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