Aviary Trees

An aviary decorated with small trees or shrubs turns an outdoor cage into a fantastic garden feature. The foliage and branches also offer somewhere for the birds to hide, shelter and perch. The trees can be planted through holes in aviary floor, or you can grow them in pots. The ideal tree will be one that is hardy and easy to look after. By mixing conifers and deciduous trees, you will have cover all year round.


Yellow Canary on lilac bush
A living tree or bush makes an aviary very attractive

The species listed below make ideal additions to an aviary. If you include a fruiting shrub such as bilberry, blueberry or red currant, you also have a seasonal glut of berries for the birds to feed on. You may want to limit the harvest by removing young berries, though, as a surfeit can cause digestive problems in birds. Many individual birds find their own balance, but some become berry gluttons.

  • Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
  • Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum)
  • Blueberry (Vaccinium corybosum/pennsylvanicum/augustifolium)
  • Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens)
  • Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)
  • Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus)
  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga taxifolia and Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • Elder (Sambucus nigra or Sambucus canadensis)
  • False spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus monigyna)
  • Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • Ivy, Common or English (Hedera helix)
  • Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica)
  • Juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • Larch (Laris decidua)
  • Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum)
  • Rose (Rosa multiflora)
  • Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
  • Silver fir (Abies alba)
  • Snowberry (Symphiocarpus albus)
  • Spruce (Picea excelsa)
  • Viburnum (family Adoxaceae, lots of species)
  • White currant (a Ribes rubrum variety)

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