16 berry worthy plants

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    Berries of Himalayan honeysuckle turn from red to purplish black.

HAWTHORN (Crataegus). These two deciduous trees are standouts in the berry department. Give them full sun.

Carriere hawthorn (C. x lavallei). Clusters of orange red fruits the size of small crabapples hang on the plant from autumn through winter. The dark green leaves turn bronzy red after the first deep frost and may stay on the tree all winter long. Grows to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. Zones 3-12, 14-21.

Green hawthorn (C. viridis 'Winter King'). Masses of red berries are displayed on naked branches after leaves turn yellowish and drop. Grows 25 to 30 feet tall and wide. Zones 2-12, 14-17.

HIMALAYAN HONEYSUCKLE (Leycesteria formosa). This deciduous shrub's other common name - Himalayan pheasantberry - hints at the appeal its fruits have for birds. The berries start out green but quickly turn red, then deep purplish black. Grows 6 feet tall and wide. Full sun or light shade. Zones 4-6, 14-17, 20-24.

OREGON GRAPE (Mahonia aquifolium). Native along much of the Pacific Coast, this evergreen shrub bears clusters of deep blue fruits among shiny, hollylike leaves. The species grows 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide; the variety 'Compacta' grows only 2 to 3 feet tall, but spreads 5 feet or more. Tolerates any exposure, although it prefers shade in hottest climates. Zones 2-12, 14-24.

PYRACANTHA.  Commonly called firethorn, this shrub bears clusters of red, orange, or yellow berries that are the size of peas. Glossy foliage is evergreen (semievergreen in cold-winter climates). Species and varieties grow 3 to 15 feet tall and 4 to 10 feet wide. Full sun. Zones 3-24.

 

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