Ornamental trees and shrubs with beautiful fruits for the fall garden

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An autumn garden leaves no one indifferent. Before the onset of cold weather, trees and shrubs play bright colors not only because of the colorful leaves.

Some cultures are no less attractive fruits, which are densely scattered on the branches.

Most trees and shrubs bear fruit in early autumn, but some cultures retain their bright berries until winter. We have put together a selection of the most attractive plants for you to choose from for your autumn garden.

  1. barberry

Among barberries, there are deciduous, evergreen, and semi-evergreen plants. Common barberry, Ottawa, Siberian, Amur, and Tunberg barberries are especially popular in the autumn garden. They have decorative leaves, flowers and fruits. In the autumn, bright red berries of barberry look great against the background of yellow, orange, red, green leaves of this ornamental plant. Often the fruits are kept on the branches even in winter.

Bright, prickly, with delicious berries – all this is barberry! Which of the varieties will become a decoration of your garden and will delight the whole season?

By planting barberry bushes, you can create beautiful hedges. Also, the plant looks great in the autumn garden as a bright solitaire on the lawn.

2. Berescolet

Berescloth does not need shaping pruning, so it is ideal for beginner gardeners. This undemanding plant does not stand out much in summer, but in autumn it changes into a bright outfit in pink, red and purple hues. In addition, beautiful autumn leaves are complemented by unusually shaped fruits.

The most ornate and highly frost-resistant birch tree, which decorates the garden all year round thanks to its variegated leaves.

  1. hawthorn

These small trees or tall shrubs delight gardeners with edible fruits in the fall. Depending on the variety, they come in yellow, whitish, orange, brown, purple, black, but bright red is the most common. They resemble small apples in shape. The fruits remain on the plant until they are pecked by birds.

Hawthorn is most often used in landscape design as a hedge, also in the garden not bad looking single trees.

  1. Elderberry 

In May-June elderberry decorates the garden with numerous inflorescences, and at the end of August, fruits are formed in place of flowers. Red elderberries, as it is not difficult to guess, are red, black elderberries are blackish-purple and Canadian elderberries are dark purple. The red fruits fit more organically into the fall garden palette, but they are inedible, unlike the dark berries.

Column-like tall shrub with fragrant inflorescences and bright berries, from which the whole season simply cannot take your eyes off.

Elderberry of any kind and variety is good and as a “soloist”, and as a member of an attractive composition in the neighborhood with other ornamental shrubs.

  1. Heather

Currants bear small white berries in August-September, but this plant also has decorative bright leaves and shoots in autumn. Because of the fiery stems (especially on young specimens), both white and red currants remain attractive throughout the winter.

Bright deciduous shrub with spreading crown and shoots of various colors – from light green (in spring) to blood-red (in autumn).

A common ornamental shrub with attractive leaves and bright shoots.

Deren looks best in hedges or in plantings in small groups. The shrub tolerates pruning well, practically does not get sick, and is not exposed to pests, so it is suitable for inexperienced and lazy gardeners.

  1. Raspberry

In the spring, the guelder rose delights the eye thanks to its large snow-white inflorescences, and in the fall, the shrub fascinates with its bright leaves and red berries. By the way, there are species with pink, orange, black, bluish-blue fruits, but they are not popular in our latitudes. In the middle belt, the common cranberry is most often grown. Tasty and useful bright red berries of this plant ripen in August-September. However, the fruits are harvested only after the first frost, then their taste becomes less tart and not so bitter.

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Raspberry is planted as solitaire and in groups with other beautifully flowering and ornamental deciduous shrubs. It is also good for creating hedges.

  1. Cotoneaster

In spring and summer, the cotoneaster is decorative due to its glossy leaves and small flowers, which bloom in May-June. And in the fall, the shrub is studded with bright red or burgundy berries.

This evergreen or deciduous shrub will delight you with unusual leaves, delicate flowers, and bright fruits.

In landscape design for the formation of hedges and solitary plantings most often use cotoneaster horizontal, sprawling and brilliant. And the groundcover cotoneaster Dammer is suitable for an alpine hill.

  1. Clerodendrum.

In regions with a fairly mild climate to decorate the autumn garden, it is worth planting clerodendrum triceps – a spectacular shrub with unusual fruits. It looks best as a “soloist” on the lawn or in a bed of lawns in company with low perennials.

In autumn, the clerodendrum is studded with blue fruits with an inky hue, which looks like artificial beads. Each berry is surrounded by massive pericarp of crimson color, forming a kind of starflower. This is what gives the shrub its original appearance.

But note: clerodendrum grows only in sunny areas protected from the wind and is afraid of a strong frost. In the middle belt, the plant is carefully covered for the winter with dry leaves, non-woven material, lapnik, and on top again with non-woven material.

  1. Beautyberry.

The name of this shrub makes it clear that its fruits are the most decorative. In September and October, purple-purple berries appear on the background of red and golden leaves. They remain on the plant even after the leaves have fallen.

To ensure that the garden does not lose its colors even in the autumn months, it is worth planting a beautiful-fruited shrub in it.

Ornamental shrub with unusual rich purple fruits, which remain on the plant all winter.

Branches studded with bright berries are suitable for creating winter bouquets. They hold their shape for a long time and go well with many plants.

  1. Holly, or holly-leaved holly

Shingles are common on Christmas Eve, especially in the West. Branches with dark green glossy leaves and bright fruits are used as Christmas decor. On the property, this shrub is used primarily as a hedge. The small berries of holly are most often red, but sometimes yellow and orange are found. They are all inedible.

  1. Pyracantha 

This evergreen shrub is often called the firethorn. In spring, cream-colored, fragrant blossoms glitter against dark green leaves, and in fall and winter, the plant is studded with glossy scarlet, orange, or yellow berries.

Pyracantha is undemanding in care, but afraid of frosts, so in regions, with unstable climate, it is more often grown in containers. Fruits of pyracantha are edible, but they are very bitter and therefore unattractive for people. But birds like to eat them in the cold season.

  1. Rowan

Many species of rowan trees are beautiful in the fall, in particular the common rowan, black chokeberry (aronia), and pomegranate. In August-September, these trees ripen numerous fruits collected in bunches. Today there are many ornamental varieties of rowan with berries of various colors, but in gardens are still most often found red and orange fruits.

An attractive tree with pinnate leaves, delicate flowers and bright berries.

An attractive plant with useful fruit that is ideal for creating a hedge.

  1. Snowberry

The white or pink fruits of the snowberry remain on the bush for a long time, thanks to which they decorate the garden not only in autumn but also at the beginning of winter. By the way, some varieties have berries of red or black-purple hues, but so far they are not very popular.

A shrub with unusual snow-white berries, which decorate the plant even after leaf fall.

The snowberry is suitable for hedges and borders because it can be cut very well. Also the shrub looks great in group plantings, can be used to strengthen slopes.

 14. Rosehips

Rose wrinkle is a widespread and unpretentious shrub. From May to August it is studded with fragrant flowers and in August-September, it ripens its useful fruits. They are usually red or orange.

Rose hips look best in hedges, but an individual shrub would also be a good decoration for an autumn garden.

And what are trees and shrubs growing in your garden cheer you up in autumn because of their bright appearance?

About the Author: Amanda Johnson

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