6 Terrific Trees for Wildlife  
Deer in the forest
  1. Quaking Aspen

  2. American Holly

  3. Eastern Red Cedar

  4. Hackberry

  5. Shumard Oak

  6. American Persimmon
If you’re anything like me, watching a graceful deer stroll across my yard brings a special sense of awe and tranquility to my home. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of welcoming some of nature’s most spectacular creatures to share a part of my life, and having the right trees can be essential to issuing that invitation directly to them.
One of my favorite choices for wildlife-friendly trees is the Quaking Aspen. Not only is this tree lovely (with its white bark and gently dancing leaves), but it’s also a versatile gift for wildlife. Deer, Elk and Moose enjoy its shade, and love to nibble its leaves and twigs for the nutritional boost it gives them throughout the year. Many animals venture into the Aspen’s stately presence to enjoy its protective shade, and Ruffed Grouse particularly enjoy it for the nesting opportunities it presents.
Bluebird eating Holly BerriesA close second to the Aspen as a terrific friend to wildlife is the American Holly. This uniquely beautiful shrub (with its serrated, glossy leaves and bright, scarlet berries), presets an irresistible lure to a variety of songbirds, deer, fox and squirrels…to name just a few. Holly is a great tree to attract birds and Bluebirds and Threshers especially love to nest amid its evergreen foliage.
The Eastern Red Cedar’s evergreen nature provides excellent cover for a multitude of wildlife, and its foliage and fruit come in handy for deer, birds, coyotes, rabbits, pheasants..and many more furry friends in need of a handout.
Likewise, the Hackberry Tree also provides natural sustenance. Its tiny, succulent fruit is beloved by game birds, songbirds and many small mammals. An added benefit I especially enjoy is that I can make the fruit into jams and jellies. The Hackberry is even a caterpillar host tree, with many species of butterfly calling it home.
The Shumard Oak is one of the fastest growing oaks. Acorns from these stately trees are relatively larger and a favorite food source for turkeys, deer, squirrels, blue jays, wood ducks and many more birds & mammals.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the American Persimmon. Female Persimmon trees produce a delicious fruit that deer have been found to actively seek out. Of course, the fruit is also beneficial to other wildlife as well and wonderful in jams, as well as my favorite use, homemade brandy.
I love to be surrounded  by trees that attract birds and other wildlife, so these five have become some of my standard choices. Not only beautiful and beneficial to me, these trees are also a great way to roll out the welcome mat to my wildlife neighbors.