The winter garden can be a dreary place. Typically we think of conifers to add color to a winter garden but there are some other options.
Deciduous trees, especially those with interesting shapes, bark or berries, are also appealing additions to your winter garden.
One of my favorite small trees for adding clor and interest with beautiful bark is Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia).
But for adding interest with bright, colorful berries, ‘Winter King’ hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’) is one tree that can spice up your garden all year long, especially in the winter.
More About The King
~ ‘Winter King’ has a rounded form with noticeably horizontal branches and few thorns. It grows to about 20′ tall and wide.
~ White flowers cover the tree in May. Some people find their fragrance a bit funky so keep that mind when choosing a planting site.
~ Berries turns a brilliant red in the winter and persists on the tree long after other trees have been striped clean by the birds.
~ Hawthorns are wonderful additions to any wildlife garden. They hold their berries well into the winter and are an important food source for squirrels and birds.
~ Tough, widely adaptable trees, hawthorns are ideal for use in open, windswept areas. ‘Winter King’ prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun but tolerates poor, even compacted soil. It is hardy in zones 4 – 7.
~ Hawthorns can be susceptible for rust disease so plant in an area with full sun and good air circulation. ‘Winter King’ is considered to be quite disease resistant, making it a good substitute for many crabapples.
Incorporating ‘Winter King’ Into Your Garden
~ Because of its small size, ‘Winter King’ makes an ideal street tree. Just don’t plant it under, or too close to, utility lines.
~ Plant ‘Winter King’ in a spot where you can truly appreciate it in the winter.
What’s the king (or queen) of your winter garden?