Northern cardinal resting on a platform feeder
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The Low-Maintenance Shrub That'll Attract More Cardinals To Your Yard
If you're keen on attracting cardinals and other berry-eating birds like robins and mockingbirds to your garden, consider planting the American native beautyberry.
The tall shrub from the verbena family can grow up to 9 feet and is recognized for its distinctive clusters of purple berries that populate its stems from late summer through fall.
Even after shedding its leaves in the colder months, the beautyberry retains its berry bundles, providing a crucial food source for the Northern cardinal during leaner times.