16 berry worthy plants

Suitable for sun or shade

Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion')

Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'). Round clusters of amethyst to purple berries remain on bare stems after willowlike leaves turn color and drop. This deciduous shrub grows 6 feet tall (sometimes more) and almost as wide. Full sun or light shade. Sunset climate zones 3-9, 14-24.

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  • Cotoneaster

    Arching branches of Cotoneaster lacteus bow with a heavy crop of red fruit.

BEAUTYBERRY (Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'). Round clusters of amethyst to purple berries remain on bare stems after willowlike leaves turn color and drop. This deciduous shrub grows 6 feet tall (sometimes more) and almost as wide. Full sun or light shade. Sunset climate zones 3-9, 14-24.

COTONEASTER. Of the more than 70 species in this genus, these four have exceptionally showy berries:

C. dammeri. Commonly called bearberry cotoneaster, it displays bright red fruits among dark evergreen leaves. Often used as a ground cover; it reaches only 6 to 12 inches tall but will spread 10 feet wide and cascade down a slope. Full sun or partial shade. Zones 2-24.

C. divaricatus. Bright red, egg-shaped fruits deck the branches of this deciduous shrub, whose dark green leaves turn orange red in fall. After the leaves drop, the berries last until the birds devour them. Grows 6 feet tall and wide. Full sun. Zones 1-24.

C. horizontalis. Red fruits hang on after round green leaves turn orange, then red before dropping. The stiff horizontal branches are set in a herringbone pattern. This deciduous shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Full sun. Zones 2b-11, 14-24, A3.

C. lacteus. Clusters of red fruits last a long time among the dark green leaves of this evergreen shrub. Full sun. Zones 4-24.

HARLEQUIN GLORYBOWER (Clerodendrum trichotomum). Shiny blue or turquoise berries framed by scarlet calyxes form in late summer and hang on after leaves drop. This deciduous shrub reaches 10 to 15 feet tall and wide. Partial shade. Zones 15-17, 20-24; can be grown in zones 5 and 6 but may freeze to the ground.

 

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