Thursday, May 18, 2017

Western Soapberry aka Chinaberry Tree

If you stop by my home, you might be a bit confused about the plants in our garden.  Some are for aesthetics, but most are for habitat.  Our yard certainly does not look manicured.  If you have time, I hope you'll visit the GARDEN PAGE of my blog.  There are lots of posts and photos of the sweet visitors we enjoy.  That series is called "Garden Guests".

When we purchased our old rock farmhouse, one of the big attractions was tall, mature trees.

There's a wonderful soapberry at the northwest corner of our home.  It's a terrific umbrella just off our back porch.

Every year, we enjoy Cedar Waxwings as they pause on their migration to snack on the soapberries. 

 If you love Waxwings, too, you'll want to click  HERE  or  THERE  (or both!)

For this post, though, I want to showcase the tree.  The berries are thought to be poisonous for humans, but birds love them!  Can you see the upside down chickadee in a shadow?  ;-)  Not a great photo, but this little cutie almost looks like it's levitating!

This photo is a little better.

Here's a gorgeous Blue Jay.

'You lookin' at me?  ;-)

If your family would enjoy a lovely tree that will attract several varieties of birds to your home, this would be a great option.  For one more photo scroll the very bottom of my blog and you can glimpse part of the tree above morning glories.

What's happening in your back yard?

;-)  -Marci


  1. Making note of this, Marci. We will be picking trees for our new house in the coming months and having berries for the birds is a priority.

  2. Lovely to see the birds enjoying their food
    Have a great week-end!

  3. Bright wonderful shots, Marci

  4. Hello, it is wonderful you have the trees to attract the pretty Waxwings!

    Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post! Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  5. Creative colors and photos of the berries and our feathered friends ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

  6. How lovely and beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  7. Beautiful! We have never seen those birds except in pictures.. just beautiful. :)


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