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Old Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 01:40   #2
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One plant that comes to mind since they are abundant on our property here in western NC is Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin). They are known for being species that prefers damp areas but they grow just about anywhere here, except maybe full sun. They do fine and fruit well in full shade. In the fall, when they fruit, they are attractive to migrating thrushes as well as resident birds. They are dioecious, meaning you'll need both male and female plants. I haven't found it easy to sex the plants by flowers so it might be best to plant a quantity to insure pollionation.
Another that fruits in shade is Strawberry Bush (Euonymus Americanus). I've read that Grouse and Turkeys are most likely to eat the fruits this small, sparse plant produces. Ginseng fruits are also a Grouse and Turkey food.
As you may have guessed by now, sunshine equals energy equals fruit. Deep shade will be problematic for fruiting plants. Even a small amount of light increases your options.
If you can get a Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) vine to climb up to where it gets a little light, it is excellent for attracting a variety of birds. Same for Poison Ivy. Tough on certain humans but birds seem to enjoy them throughout the fall and winter.


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