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So Wonder-Fall

Submitted: Nov. 29, 2023, 1:42 p.m.
By: Heidi Simper, Assistant Curator of Plant Records

Fall has brought a chill to the air, but don't let the cold keep you away from the Garden. As the Garden is settling down for the winter, it is a perfect time to visit. The sight of bright colored fruit is sure to warm your soul.


Korean Barberry (Berberis koreana)

These red fruit hang onto the branches well into winter, until birds eat them all.


Water Pavilion


Water Pavilion

The two photos above are of the new view in the Water Pavilion. Multiple trees were removed to open up the space for a more scenic view. Of course, the pictures don't do it justice. Come see for yourself!


Redbud Crabapple (Malus x zumi var. calocarpa)

You can't miss the mass amounts of red fruit hanging from this tree as you enter the top of the Floral Walk. This is another fruit that will hang on well into winter, until the birds eat them all.


Bush's Lace Spruce (Picea engelmannii 'Bush's Lace')

This conifer has a beautiful gray-green color and habit that stands out in the winter.


Rose Glow Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow')

Guess what?! More red fruit that will hang on into the winter!


Chaparral Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica 'Chaparral')

This tree is sappy, and not in the sentimental way (or maybe it is, who am I to say?). We have to replace the green label more often than others because the sap drips onto the sign.


Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora)

These fun and unique seeds develop from white star-shaped flowers. They can be seen in the Fragrance Garden.


Cranberry Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)

This red fruit will hang on all winter, longer than the previous mentioned red fruit. It provides vibrant contrast against the snow.


Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)

Not all fruit hanging on is red! This shrub has white berries!

Even though there's a chill in the air, we can't stay cooped up inside. Sunlight and nature are good for our mental health. Come get your nature fix at the Garden and monitor how long it takes for all the red fruit to disappear to the birds.


Photos by, Heidi M. Simper