Berried Treasures-Planting the Best Berried Shrubs for Your Fall Garden

Beauty of Winterthur viburnum berries; enjoy them before the birds get them!

Beauty of Winterthur viburnum berries; enjoy them before the birds get them!

Viburnums are Stellar

When selecting shrubs and trees to plant in your garden, consider not only the beauty of it’s flowers and foliage, but also the bonus of fruit or berries. Berries add another dimension to the attractiveness of the landscape which can last until late winter. Birds and other wildlife benefit from the berries as an important source of food when most other sources have disappeared. Even birds that primarily feast on insects will switch their diets in the winter to berries in order to survive the long lean winter months.

These berries have been stripped of all berries by birds

These berries have been stripped of all berries by birds

The list of berry producing shrubs and trees includes service berry, viburnums, roses, beauty berries, hollies, sumacs, persimmons, bayberries, nandinas, and pyracanthas. I have highlighted a few that are easy to grow, last into winter and are particularly showy.

Viburnum dilatatum ‘Cardinal Candy’ is a nicely rounded deciduous shrub that will grow 6 to 8 feet tall. It likes sun or partial sun and carries an incredible display of abundant, glossy red fruit in the fall that persists into winter. It is blanketed with creamy white flowers in the spring and forms an attractive well branched shrub that fits in well with any landscape.  It will cover a steep bank very effectively.

Cardinal Candy  Viburnum covering a slope

Cardinal Candy Viburnum covering a slope

Cardinal Candy Viburnum

Cardinal Candy Viburnum

Michael Dodge has a different berry which sets it apart from most other Viburnums – yellow! Yellow berries are a rarity in the plant world and I treasure this one.

Michael Dodge Viburnum berries

Michael Dodge Viburnum berries

Erie Viburnum has the same red berries as Cardinal Candy, but I particularly like the fireworks display of berries.

Erie Viburnum

Erie Viburnum

American Beauty-Berry

Purple beauty berries

Purple beauty berries

The American Beauty-Berry (Callicarpa americana) grows 3 to 5 feet in height and width with long arching branches.  It has yellow-green fall foliage and clusters of striking shiny purple berries held close to the branches.  The berries also come in white.  It is easy to grow in sun or part shade. I cut branches of this shrub and plunge them into vase of water to enjoy the beautiful berries and field a lot of questions about this unusual shrub.

White Beauty Berries

White Beauty Berries

About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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4 Responses to Berried Treasures-Planting the Best Berried Shrubs for Your Fall Garden

  1. So I gather these are strictly bird berries, not people berries? We just get to look at the pretty colors.

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  2. Of Gardens says:

    I love my viburnams and beauty berries. I must put in an Erie viburnam, too. There berries are worth having in the garden.

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  3. Pingback: Fall Back « Not Another Gardening Blog

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