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Old 07-11-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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Ok, What attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and gives shade?
I have 2 mimso's here that I love..(I rent). We are building new home and was thinking of putting mimosa at new property, BUT have been reading how much trouble they can be.
Is there something else I can plant that will give me the Hummingbirds, butterflies AND shade?
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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What about Dogwood?
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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PlantFiles: Detailed information on Bottlebrush Tree Callistemon rigidus
Depending on where you are at, maybe a red bottle brush tree? Some places they are grown as shrubs, but in Memphis I have seen them grown as small trees. They also have the advantage of being evergreen, and drought tolerant.
They are not natives, but they are not supposed to be invasive either.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: West TN
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My pergola provides the shade and the million bells I have in my baskets attract the hummingbirds.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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The bottlenose is pretty, as are the Dogwood, but i'm thinking taller, although 10-12' is pretty decent. We have the picnic table under the tree, the kids hang out there often.
I have found I do alot better "in the ground" than I do with baskets.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:09 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Hmmm, I can't think of any other one large tree that will do.
What about just going for a nice alternative tree and planting some flowers or vines to attract the hummingbirds? PlantFiles: Detailed information on Sourwood, Sorrel Tree, Lily of the Valley Tree Oxydendrum arboreum
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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hummingbirds love anything red. look up butterfly gardens and you can get some good ideas for your conditions and zone. Vitex grows pretty tall and has beautiful purple flowers. try butterfly bushes. I have grown them in light shade and they do well.

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Old 07-28-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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Quince bushes only get about 4' tall, but they flower red so early in the year that hummingbirds zero right in on them -- nothing else is blooming at all yet.

ANY tree underplanted with hummingbird flowers like bee balm, jewelweed, dame's rocket or phlox will bring them in droves, too.
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