Wildlife Berry Bushes
Blueberries are available for wildlife, animal and bird food for many months during the summer and fall, and wild blackberry plants growing on vines, bushes and trees, offer inexpensive wildlife food for animal and gamebird hunters. Birds such as quail, dove and ducks can enjoy the cover and natural protection offered by the thorny blackberry bushes and from dewberry vines that climb and wind along fences at the forest edge. Since these dewberry plants are perennials, they regrow predictably and dependably every year. The berry seed when eaten by wildlife birds and animals can be spread by droppings and often will grow and form new berry plants. Raspberry plants are usually rarely found in the wild state anymore, but hybrid raspberries grow in many shades of colors of red, yellow, purple and black. Black raspberries are delicate and tasty but do not have the yields, cold hardiness or extended shelf life of the red raspberry bushes.