Trees and Shrubs forum: Help with shrub selection (bird content)

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Mudkicker99
Apr 24, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Hello and thanks for the membership this is my first post.
I am looking for a low growing shrub, 3-4 feet tall that is branchy so that it can accommodate perching for birds. I want to plant in front of my garden shed. As mentioned earlier, not too tall with a spread of 5-6 feet side to side. To maximize on space I'd like to plant as close to the shed as possible. I really like red stem dogwood but I read that it grows pretty big.
Finally, I live in Montréal Québec in zone 5.
Thanks
Name: Jim
NE PA (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Apr 25, 2018 5:03 AM CST
Hi @Mudkicker99 and welcome to the NGA forums.

How about Forsythia
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Butterfly Bush
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Or, Burning Bush to name a few....
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All three can have their height kept in check by trimming. You might need more than 1 to have it stretch 5-6 feet side to side. I have all three on my property. They are not only nice shrubs, the birds like to use them, especially for a sense of protection.
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Mudkicker99
Apr 25, 2018 12:01 PM CST
Thanks for the reply. I like the first one, which variety of that species would you recommend?
Name: Jim
NE PA (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Apr 25, 2018 1:35 PM CST
Whatever your local nursery sells. They will have a variety that does well in your area.
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Mudkicker99
Apr 28, 2018 6:09 AM CST
Thanks for the help!!!

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