The painterly foliage already has us in thrall of fall. In addition, the season's bumper crop of brilliant berries now adorning flowering shrubs will surely do the same. Roses, viburnums, snowberries, and hollies are all loaded with colorful berries that shine in fall’s glowing sunlight.
Think of fall as the "other" fruit season when nature increases production so plants can set seeds for next year. Depending on the plant in question, they provide incredible edibles for migrating and wintering birds (and, sometimes, for us, too).
Here are a few late fruiting shrubs to add another layer of magic to your autumn garden.
Improved, compact version of the highly ornamental North American native plant. It contains spring flowers and abundant glossy fall fruit and brilliant foliage. Up to 8′ tall and wide. Partial shade to full sun. zone: 4 – 9
Use: Ideal for wet, boggy soils. Fruits are good for preserves.
Native to N. America, snowberries produce bountiful branches of fall berries that often hold into winter. Excellent for adding interest to cold zone gardens. Up to 4′ tall and wide. Partial to full sun.
Use: Berries are best left to the birds. Stems are lovely in fall arrangements.
Fragrant, creamy white flowers, followed by white fruit that darkens to pink before maturing to blue. Shiny deep green foliage turns cinnabar-red in the fall. Up to 10′ tall, 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.
Use: Good for low or damp spots. Berries are for the birds.
Long flowering, rose hip forming, thicket developing, salt and wind tolerant, and disease-resistant, these are both hardy and beautiful. Up to 8′ tall and wide. Full sun.
Use: Erosion control and impenetrable hedges and borders. Edible berries for birds, cooking, crafts.
We hope you enjoyed this little walk-through of some of the shrubs that make loads of berries in the fall.
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