The Fruits of Winter

Submitted December 09, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Winter is definitely here making the Garden a snowy wonderland. Some plants retain their fruit throughout the winter, and with a backdrop of white, the colors of the fruit really stand out this time of year.

Golden SpiritĀ® Smokebush   Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot'

This golden-leaved shrub often retains some of its wispy fruits into the first part of winter.

Worplesdon Sweet Gum   Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

After the fantastic fall foliage falls, spiky fruits remain, bringing winter interest.

Skunkbrush Sumac   Rhus trilobata

This attractive Utah native can retain fruit from many past seasons of growth.

Sweet Autumn Clematis   Clematis terniflora

Long after the warmth of fall is gone, these delicate fruits decorate the dormant stems.

Creeping Oregon Grape   Mahonia repens

Another great Utah native, this shrub is not only easy to grow, it has something to show during every season.

When you come for your winter walk through the Garden, watch for a variety of wildlife harvesting the various fruits that remain on our trees and shrubs.

Stay warm!

Photos by Jason W. Baker

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