Red bellied woodpecker eating strangler fig berries.

Red bellied woodpecker eating strangler fig berries.

April is the time of year that the native strangler fig’s fruit ripens and many types of birds and squirrels come to feed.   I have even seen hummingbirds feeding on the fruit flies and other insects attracted to the ripe berries.

Plant this tree 50 feet away from your house and watch for roots that may go under the foundation and cause problems.  They will be on the surface and are easy to cut several feet out.  But don’t let this stop you from having one of the most wildlife attractive trees available.  You can also plant short leaf fig which is also native to the Florida Keys.  This doesn’t get as big and has larger fruit than the strangler.

Both are the larval food for the ruddy daggerwing butterfly and many other insects and moths that eat the leaves and are then eaten by birds.  Trees with insects are the best for birds.