The dogwood tree has such pretty spring blooms that it’s easy to forget that it also has red berries in the fall. These berries are a favorite food of many birds, making the dogwood a great addition to the bird-friendly landscape.
The dogwood berries have been very popular with migrating Scarlet Tanagers this fall here in Tennessee. There were a few days when I had three or four of these birds in one tree, all pulling at the berries. The tree’s spring blooms also attract insects that birds, including spring migrating warblers, are attracted to.
Birds that will eat dogwood berries include cedar waxwings, bluebirds, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, and tanagers.