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Any idea for winter berry shrub?

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:41 am
by mmt
I have a small tall window right in front of me in my home office. What I have now there is badly pruned 20 feet tell ceder which I plan to take down and replace with orange or red berry producing shrub. Could anyone please suggest me with available store or where to go sneak them to get baby plant? LOL

I also am a hand-crafter and love to create fall decor with real berry vines and leaves, hmm how perfact it'll be?

I have a holly which I can't live without but it like only 3 feet tall now :D, again holly branches are so stiff that hard to manipulate to use making a fall wreath.

I so adore bittersweet berry vines that I see in the State's gardens whenever I visit but I have never seen one in our Bc westcoast land and don't think if it can be even available in any garden centers. :(

Inspiring to do something like these(in pics) with all real stuffs, not Styrofoams :)


Re: Any idea for winter berry shrub?

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:13 am
by applestar
Do you want this to be completely ornamental? The 2nd photo looks like crab apple or rose hips and the little berries remind me of sea berry maybe?

Most of my berry forming plants are intended for wildlife and they actually EAT them up early on as soon as or BEFORE they are fully ripe/colored -- I can't think of any to suggest :lol:. Not many last into the fall or winter.

Winterberry -- winter holly -- is an obvious one. Is that what you have? Inkberry holly makes black berries. The hollies feed them after everything else is gone. I guess some viburnums last into the winter.

Re: Any idea for winter berry shrub?

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:15 pm
by rainbowgardener
Interesting, living out here I didn't realize that. American bittersweet is found in and native to all of Eastern US and Canada, but not the Western states/provinces: ... stribution

If you are willing to think about vines instead of shrubs, BC has two native honeysuckle species, orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) and western honeysuckle (L. hispidula). Both of them have red/orange berries and they have tender, flexible vines that would be easier to work with.

Two nice shrubs with very ornamental red berries are cotoneaster and chokeberry (Aronia). They are both cold hardy but I don't know if they are found in BC or not.

Find a good plant nursery near you and look around and talk to them. You can always order plants on line, if you can't find what you want locally.

Re: Any idea for winter berry shrub?

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:55 pm
by mmt
Thanks much Applestar and Rainbowgardener! :) . I think I saw Aronia in a nursery and will go check with the name again.