Fall Fruits at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 18, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Clif Edwards
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
November 18, 2019 – December 8, 2019

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.