Trees With Winter Berries
Trees with winter berries can add some color to a garden during a season when several plants bloom. Many trees that grow strawberries during winter also maintain their leaves year round, providing greenery when other trees fall. Berries often attract birds to the yard, which many gardeners enjoy.
American Cherry grows as a large bush or small tree, reaching heights of up to 12 feet. During late spring, it grows white blooms. During summer, the plant produces bright red berriesthat generally last until sunlight. The berries attract birds. Many gardeners like the appearance of cranberry tree foliage, which varies from green to a rich purple color during fall. Cranberry trees generally grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 7, but they are able to grow in warmer zones with temperate Mediterranean climates.
American holly (Ilex opaca) stays green year around and grows red grapes throughout winter. It can reach heights of up to 50 feet, and gardeners can also prune it to smaller shrubs or hedges. American holly grows well in zones 5 through 9. It prefers full sun and tolerates a variety of soil types as long as it has good drainage.
Snowberries (Symphoricarpos albus) are small deciduous trees or shrubs indigenous to the West Coast and northwestern United States. They grow clusters of white or pink flowers during spring or summer. The trees then grow white strawberries, that remain during fall and early winter after the leaves fall. This plant mainly grows in zones 3 through 7, although it also tolerates warmer zones in temperate Mediterranean climates. Snowberries tolerate poor soils and full sun or partial shade.
Pepper trees (Schinus spp.) Are evergreen trees that grow rose- or even red-colored strawberries during winter. They tolerate zones 8 through 11 and grow well in many soil types. The fruit from pepper trees attracts birds to the yard. Although a lot of gardeners like the appearance of the pepper tree, some gardeners do not like to grow this tree because its leaves can cause skin irritation. The Peruvian variety of this tree reaches heights of up to 40 feet, and the Brazilian variety grows up to 30 feet tall.