Cardinal perched on a platform feeder
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Bring Color & Cardinals To Your Yard With This Stunning Shrub
Winter in the U.S. can render any garden a bit dull, but adding a red twig dogwood can breathe new life into the scenery by attracting the vibrant northern cardinal to your yard.
Also known as redosier dogwood, the medium-sized shrub is native to North America. It boasts vivid red branches that offer a striking contrast against winter's dreary backdrop.
It is hardy in USDA zones 2 to 7, adapts to a variety of soil types, and flourishes in both full and partial sunlight. It is also relatively drought-tolerant once established.
While its white berries are inedible for humans, they are a hit with cardinals. The dogwood also provides the birds a safe haven from predators and a potential site for nesting.
By planting the shrub near a birdfeeder, you can ensure cardinals have access to a varied diet all winter long, even after the dogwood berries are gone.