Wild Blackberry - Rubus allegheniensis
Native to United States
State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CA, CT, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
A perennial flowering and fruiting, multi-stemmed-deciduous bramble (thorny shrub) of the Rose family, Wild Blackberry is one of the top bird attracting plants in North America. Wild Blackberry ranges from 3 to 8 feet in height, with a spread of 6 to 12 feet. White flowers (which attract a myriad of insects) bloom in late spring to early summer, with the signature blackberry (which also attracts insects) maturing later in summer. For these reasons, Wild Blackberry shrubs are commonly used by insectivorous birds when foraging for insects, while the blackberries themselves are eaten by birds as well and are a particular favorite of the Gray Catbird and Red-Eyed Vireo. The thorny and therefore protective nature of a Wild Blackberry bramble make it a top shelter, ground foraging, and nesting location for many birds, in fact it may be the Indigo Bunting’s most commonly used nesting site.
Birds Most Commonly Attracted to Wild Blackberry
Baltimore Oriole Carolina Wren Cedar Waxwing Eastern Towhee Gray Catbird House Finch Indigo Bunting Insectivorous Birds Northern Cardinal Northern Mockingbird Purple Finch Red-Eyed Vireo Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Veery Wood Duck