Plants With Winter Interest

The days are getting shorter, the last of the leaves are falling, and old man winter is starting to knock on the door. If it wasn’t for the evergreens, the landscape would become drastically boring, right?   WRONG!!    Many deciduous trees and shrubs have interesting characteristics, from ex-foliating bark and seed pods, to colorful twigs and dried flowers, that last throughout the winter.  The following are some examples.

Winter King Hawthorn


Paperbark Maple



• Three-flower Maple, Acer triflorum (bark)

• Paperbark Maple, Acer griseum (bark)

• Whitespire Birch, Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’ (bark)

• River Birch, Betula nigra (bark)

• Musclewood, Carpinus caroliniana (bark)

• Winter King Hawthorn, Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’  (bark and fruit)

• Kentucky Coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioica (bark and fruit)

• Crabapples, Malus spp. (fruit)

• Amur Chokecherry, Prunus maackia (bark)

• Pekin Lilac, Syringa pekinensis (bark)

Kentucky Coffee tree



• Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa (fruit)

• Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis (fruit)

• Redtwig Dogwood, Cornus sericea (twigs)

• Yellowtwig Dogwood, Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (twigs)

• Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus (twigs and fruit)

• Seven Son Flower, Heptacodium miconioides (bark)

• Hydrangea, Hydrangea spp. (dried flowers)

• Winterberry, Ilex verticullata (fruit)

• Japanese Kerria, Kerria japonica (twigs)

• Common Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius (bark)


Black Chokeberry

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