Native Trees

The right trees can also provide food and shelter for a wide variety of wildlife. Their flowers provide nectar and pollen for pollinators. Later, their fruits, nuts, berries and seeds are another important food source for wildlife. Trees are also a welcome nesting site for birds and other creatures, offering a sheltered place for them to raise their young. Consider planting evergreen trees too. They provide shelter for wildlife all year long! Native trees and their cultivars are the best choices to attract wildlife because they have evolved together. A white oak tree for example supports more than 500 kinds of butterflies and moths. While the invasive Bradford pear supports zero.

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Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweet Gum
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Oxydendrum arboreum - Sourwood
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Pinus strobus - Eastern White Pine
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Platanus occidentalis - American Sycamore
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Prunus serotina - Black cherry
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Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red' - Chokecherry
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Quercus alba - White Oak
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Quercus bicolor - Swamp White Oak
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Quercus coccinea - Scarlet Oak
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Quercus palustris - Pin Oak
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Quercus rubra - Northern Red Oak
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Rhus typhina - Staghorn Sumac
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Sassafras albidum - Sassafras
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Tilia americana - American Linden
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Ulmus americana - American Elm