Want Birdsong? Give Birds These Three California Native Trees.
April 9, 2018. By Cassy Aoyagi: Bringing birds, and therefore song, to your garden is really as simple as 1, 2, 3. First, plant trees. Then, plant other natives. Finally, add a water feature. Actually, 3 is a bonus that turns your birdie B&B into a high end resort!
Here are three LA native trees that will keep your garden singing:
Each of the five oak species native to California are hosts with the most. Not only do their seeds and the insects they host provide sustenance, they are the preferred or sole habitat for countless native birds and fauna.
Without oaks, migratory songbirds like warblers, vireos, flycatchers, tanagers, and grosbeaks shorten their California vacations. As we lose oak trees to drought and development, we don’t just lose birdsong. LA becomes less pleasant habitat for humans as we lose their shade.
Western Redbud, Cercis Occidentalis
Can you imagine choosing to live in a pink home? Well, this one is heaven for hummingbirds and Lesser Goldfinch, who enjoy Cercis seeds. Redbud is a great way to add seasonal color and birdsong to small spaces, and… get this… you too can eat the blooms!
Toyon, Heteromeles arbutifolia (aka Christmas Berry)
Toyon grows to approximately 12 feet when left to its own devices, and can take tree or shrub form. Whatever form it takes, it will be tweeting from the moment its beautiful berries become tomato-red. It is a favorite B&B of Cedar Waxwing.
Sources and Resources
Want more information about California Native Trees? Check out:
- LA Native Tree Plant Palette
- Arbor Day Applause: Iconic LA Trees, Houzz
- Native Valley Oaks Help Visiting Birds, Study Shows, The Sacramento Bee
- Cercis Occidentalis, Plants for the Future
- Toyon and Cedar Waxwing: A Classic Pairing, Bay Nature
- The Best Trees for Privacy, Shade and More, Realtor.com
Curious about the benefits of birdsong? Check out:
- The Surprising Uses for Birdsong, BBC
- Can Birdsong Boost Your Brain, Mother Nature Network
- The Birds and the Trees, Huffington Post
- The Great Backyard Bird Count, Audubon Society