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Leonard J. Buck Garden

11 Layton Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 • 908 234-2677

Bridge with waterfall in springtime
Fall Scenery
Reno in Spring
NATIVE PLANTS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE

Many plants growing within the Buck Garden provide food, shelter and nesting places for local wildlife. Plants and animals benefit each other in numerous ways. Plants provide food to animals and in return plant seeds are dispersed throughout the landscape. Many plant fruits are brightly colored and ripen exactly during the bird migration period. Ripening fruits produce sugars or fatty lipids providing necessary nourishment during the time of year the fuel is needed most.

In early summer, when parent birds are busy feeding their young, sweet fruits such as serviceberries and wild strawberries are available to them. Many fall migratory birds rely on the fatty fruits of sweet bay magnolia; flowering dogwood and spicebush. Some shrubs, like chokeberry and nannyberry have fruits that remain attached and persist through the winter providing a nutritional food source for resident wildlife and returning spring migratory birds.

The following is a partial list of plants that can be found growing at the L. J. Buck Garden that are beneficial to wildlife.

WOODY PLANTS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE

Botanical name
Common name Food provided
Acer saccharum
Amelanchier laevis
Aronia melanocarpa
Carpinus cariolinianum
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus amomum
Cornus florida
Ilex verticillata
Lindera benzoin
Liquidambar styraciflua
Magnolia virginiana
Malus species
Nyssa sylvatica
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’
Rubus odoratus
Sambucus canadensis
Tsuga canadensis
Vaccinium corymbosum
Viburnum acerifolium
Viburnum dentatum
sugar maple
serviceberry or shadbush
black chokeberry
hornbeam
alternate-leaved dogwood
silky dogwood
flowering dogwood
winterberry holly
spicebush
sweet gum
sweetbay magnolia
crabapple
black gum
Virginia creeper
fragrant sumac
flowering raspberry
American elderberry
eastern hemlock
highbush blueberry
mapleleaf viburnum
arrowwood viburnum
seeds and buds
purplish black fruit
black fruit
seed-like nutlet
blue-black fruit
cobolt blue fruit
bright red fruit
bright red fruit
bright red fruit
seed
red fruit
orange to red fruit
black fruit
blue-black fruit
dark red fruit
red fruit
black fruit
seeds
blue fruit
black fruit
dark blue fruitdark blue fruit

HERBACEOUS WILDFLOWERS BENEFICIAL TO WILDLIFE
Botanical name
Common name
Food provided
Aquilegia canadensis
Asclepias incarnata
Aster species
Agastache foeniculum
Chelone sp.
Echinacea purpurea
Eupatorium sp.
Heliathus angustifolius
Heliopsis helianthoides
Liatris spicata
Lobelia cardinalis
Mertensia virginica
Mitchella repens
Monarda fistulosa
Monarda sp.
Penstemon digitalis
Phlox divaricata
Phytolacca americana
Podophyllum peltatum
Rudbeckia fulgida
Rudbeckia fulgida
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Veronia noveboracensis
eastern columbine
swamp milkweed
native asters
anise hyssop
turtlehead
purple coneflower
Joe-Pye weed
swamp sunflower
ox-eye sunflower
spike gayfeather
Cardinal flower
Virginia bluebells
partridgeberry
wild bergamot
bee balm
beardtongue
wild blue phlox
pokeberry
mayapple
black-eyed susan
black-eyed susan
goldenrod
ironweed
nectar
nectar; seed
seed
nectar
nectar
seed
nectar
nectar and seed
seed
seed
nectar
nectar
red fruit
nectar
nectar
nectar
nectar
black fruit
fruit
seed
seed
seed
nectar

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • What's in bloom?
  • Current programs and events at Buck Garden
  • Moggy Hollow
  • Native Plants Beneficial to Wildlife

  HOURS: 10 am-4 pm Monday to Friday
  10 am-5 pm Saturdays
  12 pm-5 pm Sundays
  Closed on weekends and major holidays in Dec., Jan.,   Feb., and March.

VISITOR GUIDELINES     

  • For tips on gardening, check out Garden Smart.
  • For more NJ public gardens, visit:
    Gardens of the Garden State Garden Group.
  • Gardenvisit.com the Garden and Landscape Guide

BUCK GARDEN ON PBS TELEVISION
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