Not just for spring Part 2: Trees and Shrubs with Fall and Winter Interest!

This is a continuation of my last post. There were so many great plants with fall and winter interest, my top 10 became my top 20! Take a look at some MORE of my favorites: 

1. Red Twigged Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’): This member of the dogwood family boasts variegated deciduous foliage, white flowers and brilliant red stems in the winter. Grows to 6-8’ height and spread so add to an area of the garden with plenty of room. Another variety, Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ boasts green leaves and bright yellow stems. 

2. Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) Use this small shrub for a very eclectic look to any garden. Beautiful contorted form of this shrub which can grow to 8’ tall and 6’ wide. No serious disease or insect pests for easy growth! 

 3. Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum ‘Crimson Queen): Another staple of the southern garden, the Crimson Queen Japanese Maple boasts beautiful red leaves turning scarlet in fall. The contorted interesting habit of the trunk and branches of this specimen makes for an interesting sculptural winter display! 

4. Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha): This underused shrub, small tree has beautiful white/creamy yellow, very fragrant flowers in winter. Excellent yellow fall color. 

5. Sweet Osmanthus’ (Osmanthus fragrans): Another great southern staple that boasts fragrant white flowers in fall. Evergreen and easy to grow and tolerates our clay soils. 

6. Encore Azalea (Rhododendron ‘Encore Azalea’) This introduction to the southern garden boasts two (or even reported three) bloom times throughout the year. Blooms in spring, and again in fall. 

7. Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinensis): Also known as Fringetree, this semi evergreen comes in varieties with either green, or burgundy leaves and white, or hot pink flowers in spring and fall. Great fall color. 

8. Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata): This deciduous holly is known for its prolific fruit set that persists all winter. 4-6’ height and spread. 

9. Pyracantha (Pyracantha koidzumy ‘Victory’) This evergreen shrub grows to 10’ ht and looks best supported by a trellis against a brick wall, or other hardscape feature. Bright red (or orange on other varieties) berries persists all winter for a showy display. Look out for the large thorns, however. 

10. Blue Muffin Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum ‘Blue Muffin’) This member of the Viburnum family boasts great scarlet fall color and blue berries that persist all winter. Grows to 3-4’ height and spread. 

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