Bird Haven

Portlanders are lucky to live in a city with so much green space. Our combination of rivers, parks and mild climate allows Portland to host a vast array of birds and wildlife, and many will visit or even nest in local yards given a few simple provisions.

Birds are attracted to areas where the three basic needs of Cover, Food and Water are met.

Snowberry

Start with Native Plants:

Incorporating as many native plants as possible provides for a bird’s two most basic needs, food and shelter.

Visit our feature page on Natives that attract hummingbirds.

Providing Food

Birds eat a varied diet of berries, seeds, nuts, grains, insects and nectars that changes with their seasonal needs. Some birds need sugary berries during nesting season and fatty nuts in winter. Your yard will be more habitable if you provide a variety of foods year round.

In the fall, leave the leaves! Leaves, spent flowers and hollow stems provide places for insects important to feeding birds can regenerate.

Add plants that provide berries, nuts & seeds:

(Follow the links to read more about the selections below.)

It should be noted that plants grown to provide fruit and berries for human consumption will also be attractive to birds. Protect these plants with bird netting, reflective bird scare tape or motion sensing sprinklers.

Install feeders to provide a variety of seeds, grains & fruits.

Cornus 'Argentea'

Plants to provide fruits:

Corylus

Plants to provide nuts:

Pennisetum

Plants to provide seeds:


Add flowering plants to provide nectar:

Lonicera

Vines

Kniphofia

Perennials

Tender Fuchsia

Annuals

Find the best Trees for your Garden

We carry a wide variety of trees year-round. These represent only a fraction of what you will find and are some of our favorites. Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.

Trees

Abies: The Fir Tree

Natives

Native Abies: Native Fir

Natives

Native Acer Circinatum:

Vine Maple
Trees

Acers for Fall Color

Trees

Acer palmatum: Japanese Maple

Trees

Bird Haven

Trees

Cercis: Redbud

Trees

Conifers

Trees

Cornus: Dogwood

Trees

Cryptomeria: Japanese Cedar

Trees

Fruit Trees

Trees

Ginkgo: Maidenhair Tree

Trees

Heptacodium: Seven Sons Flower

Trees

Lagerstroemia: Crape Myrtle

Trees

Larix: Larch Tree

Trees

Magnolia Trees

Natives

Malus fusca

Western Crabapple
Trees

Miniature Conifers

Trees

Oxydendrum: The Sourwood Tree

Trees

Picea: The Spruce Tree

Natives

Pinus: Native Pine

Trees

Planting Tips

Trees

Pruning Guide

Trees

Prunus: Cherries &
their Prunus relatives

Natives

Quercus: Garry Oak

Trees

Salix: Willow

Trees

Stewartia

Trees

Styrax: Japanese Snowbell

Trees

Tree Selection Guide