Native Birds Not Eating Asian Dogwood Berries

Q: I read in a garden magazine that Asian dogwood berries feed monkeys but our native birds don’t eat them. If that is true why not plug disease-resistant native dogwood cultivars instead of the kousa dogwood you recommended recently. 

A: Several native plant enthusiasts have made similar complaints. I should have given the gardener choices among the good native dogwoods. But I still love kousa dogwood, whether it is native or not. We don’t have foraging monkeys here but I have not noticed kousa dogwood fruit piling up, uneaten, under a tree. So maybe it’s mice and chipmunks that enjoy the fruit while I enjoy the flowers.

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