Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations


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Most ornamental shrubs produce their fruits in late summer and autumn. For many, however, the fruit decoration still sticks well into the winter and is not only a very welcome sight in an otherwise rather dull season, but also an important source of food for various animals. And who now thinks first of the red berries of Skimmie or roses, will be surprised how big the color spectrum of wintry fruit jewelry really is. The palette ranges from pink, orange, yellow, brown, white and blue to black.

If you want to use woody plants because of their fruit decorations, you should pay attention to the fact that some plants are dioecious and only then apply fruit if one female and one male specimen are planted. In principle, berries and other fruits can bring such bright colors into a garden even in winter, as they are otherwise known only from the other seasons.

Ornamental shrubs with red fruits

Fruits of Skimmia japonica

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Ornamental shrubs with red fruit decoration

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The fruits of the Japanese Skimmie (Skimmia japonica) are popular decorations during the Christmas season

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: shrubs

The rose hips of the native wild roses look especially nice when they are "over-sugared" by a fine layer of hoarfrost

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

Even the bright red fruits of the yew (Taxus baccata) remain for a long time

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

The European holly (Ilex aquifolium) thrilled late in the winter with its bright red fruit

Fruits of Skimmia japonica

Rosehips under hoarfrost

Yew with fruits

Fruits of the European holly

Red fruits stand out especially well from the white of the snow and fit especially in December to the Christmas mood. Therefore, they are often cut on branches of the tree or shrub and used in the house for decorating. But even in the garden, they can have a signal effect. Many evergreen trees bear fruits in different shades of red. These include, for example, the common yew (Taxus baccata), which hides their seeds in a red seed coat, the European holly (Ilex aquifolium) and Skimmie (Skimmia japonica). In addition, many cotoneaster species and varieties bear red fruit.
Summer green shrubs such as the common viburnum (Viburnum opulus), the coral berry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) or the real daphne mezereum also have long-lasting red fruit decorations. It really only really comes into its own in winter, as it is no longer surrounded by foliage. In addition, the white of the snow emphasizes the red color. The rosehips of many roses also have a high winter ornamental value. They come in many colors, sizes and shapes. Contrary to popular belief, not all rosehips are red. Mostly the fruits of the roses stick only until the early winter - they soften with the first stronger frosts and then are a popular winter food for many birds. Particularly appealing are the red rose hips of the apple rose (Rosa rugosa), but also the spherical, prickly green fruits of the chestnut rose (Rosa roxburghii) or the dense clumps, red fruits of the multi-flowered rose (Rosa multiflora) and the flachkugeligen, brown-black rose hips of the beaver rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia) are striking in winter.

Cool colors: black, blue and white fruit decoration

Fruits of mahonia

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Ornamental shrubs with black and blue fruits

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From August, the almost black, bluish-ripe fruits of the common mahonia (Mahonia aquifolium) grow in large numbers

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The privet (Ligustrum vulgaris) graces small black fruits until well into winter

Fruits of mahonia

Privet (Ligustrum) fruits

Black or blue fruits such as common privet (Ligustrum vulgare), chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), common mahonia (Mahonia aquifolium) or red dogwood (Cornus sanguinea) stand out clearly from their background, especially in the snow. In contrast, the white berries of Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) and yellowwood dogwood (Cornus stolonifera 'Flaviramea') are rather subtle - unless they are planted directly in front of an evergreen grove or perennial or wintergreen perennials. Another plant with very attractive fruits is the Japanese beauty fruit (Callicarpa japonica 'Leucocarpa') with white berries sitting in narrow bunches at the end of the shoot. To increase the winter effect of this wood, they are often combined with the violet-fruity nature of the love pearl bush (Callicarpa bodinieri var. Giraldii 'Profusion').

Now it's getting colorful: yellow, orange and purple

Fruits of sea buckthorn

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Ornamental shrubs with yellow, orange and purple fruits

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The fruits of the sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) remain very long-lasting and are very popular with birds

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

In unbelaubtem state one sees that the love pearl shrub is covered over and over with violet fruits

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

The amethyst berries (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Magic Berry') still adorn numerous white to pink berries in winter

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

Depending on the variety of the Mediterranean firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) sometimes yellow, sometimes orange, sometimes red fruits

Ornamental shrubs with winter fruit decorations: winter

The bicolour fruits of the lotus (Clerodendrum trichotomum var. Fargesii) are particularly noticeable

Fruits of sea buckthorn

Fruit decoration of the love pearl bush (Callicarpa bodinieri var. Giraldii 'Profusion')

Fruits of the amethyst berry

Fruits of the Firethorn

Fruits of the lotus tree

Bright colors like orange, yellow, violet or pink are real eye-catchers in the wintry garden. Particularly striking are the fruits of the Losbaums (Clerodendrum trichotomum var. Fargesii), the turquoise to Prussian-blue berries sitting in bright red, shiny, star-shaped spread goblets. This deciduous shrub to Kleinbaum needs winter protection in rough conditions.
From the Pyracantha Firethorn there are various varieties that still wear their colorful fruit decorations in winter. These include, in particular, the varieties of Mediterranean firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea), whose color spectrum ranges from red ('Praecox') to orange-red ('Kazan' and 'Red Column'), orange ('Orange Charmer') to yellow ('Soleil d' Or ') is enough. This evergreen shrub carries its "stone apples" into the winter. Also, the sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) can bring a bright color aspect to the garden with its orange fruits in the white season.
In addition to the aforementioned common blackberry, species with fruits in pink and pink are also available in this plant genus, for example the Chenault snowberry (Symphoricarpos x chenaultii 'Hancock') or the amethyst berry (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'Magic Berry'). Also very conspicuous and because of its great fruit decoration gladly used is the love pearl bush (Callicarpa bodinieri var. Giraldii 'Profusion'), because it is one of the few ornamental shrubs with shiny violet berries.

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