1) Callicarpa sp. Beautyberry
- The small, attractive metallic and purple berries give this ornamental shrub its common name.
- The berries stay on the plant late into winter and are an important food source for wildlife.
- This popular landscape plant provides a splash of color as fall sets in.
- This and other Callicarpa can be seen from Arboretum Drive in our nursery.
2) Euonymus alatus var. apterus Spindle Tree
- A small deciduous shrub known for its excellent fall color.
- Currently, most leaves have fallen and what is left behind is a great display of small pink fruit pods on slender stems.
- This plant is located along the Arboretum Loop Trail near the Spindle Tree collections.
- The genus Euonymus has approximately 130 species. Most are native to Asia, although there are distributions in Europe, North America, and Madagascar.
3) Ilex verticillata Winterberry
- This deciduous shrubby holly is native to the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.
- Winterberry is a dioecious plant, meaning that female and male reproductive parts are on separate plants.
- With leaves fallen, this shrub is loaded with ornamental red berries.
- Many cultivars are available in nurseries differing in size, shape, and fruit color.
4) Pyracantha coccinea Firethorn
- This large evergreen shrub is has been cultivated in Europe since the late 16th century.
- This ornamental plant has a spring display of flowers as well as having stems covered in colorful berries in the fall.
- Several variety of Pyracantha can be seen on the east side of Arboretum Drive, about 0.2 miles south of the Graham Visitor Center.
5) Symphoricarpos albus Snowberry
- This common deciduous shrub is native to much of the United States and Canada.
- Snowberry has become naturalized in Great Britain where it has been planted as an ornamental and as cover for game.
- This plant is important for many types of animals, including sheep, bear, deer, cattle, birds, and small mammals. It is poisonous to humans.
- You can currently find these interesting white berries throughout the Arboretum.