The following are varieties native to this area or developed to withstand northern Minnesota winters. All have food or cover value for birds.
Other varieties in the same family as those listed below may not withstand northern winters or could become an invasive plant, crowding out others, said Susan Short, master gardener.
She recommended against some European varieties of the American varieties she suggested planting for this reason.
Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Burr Oak, Northern Red Oak, Green Ash, Black Ash, American Mountain Ash, Showy Mountain Ash, Quaking Aspen, Paper Birch, Common Hackberry, Common Hawthorn, White Pine, Red Pine, Canadian Hemlock, White Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Tamarack, Balsam Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, Northern White Cedar, Wild Plum, Pin Cherry, Chokecherry, Sand Cherry, Crabapple.
American Bittersweet, Virginia Creeper, Woodbine, Wild Grapes.
Downy Serviceberry, Saskatoon Serviceberry, Red-Osier Dogwood, Round leaved Dogwood, Winterberry, American Highbush Cranberry, Arrowwood Viburnum, Nannyberry, Staghorn Sumac, Smooth Sumac, American Elderberry, Canadian Buffaloberry, Coralberry, Snowberry, Northern Bayberry, Hazelnut, Common Juniper.
Lowbush Blueberry, Raspberries, Bearberry, Partridgeberry, Bunchberry, Strawberry.
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