University of Maryland: Garden Q&A

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Q: I want to provide some bushes to make my bird feeders more attractive. I’d like to choose for color and scent, e.g., forsythia, lilac, burning bush. What would be good choices for birds? Are there local plant species I might not know about?

A: You are wise to ask, because many popular shrubs are useless to birds. Some such as burning bush (Euonymus alata) are even invasive in Maryland.

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