8 plants with cool-season berries

These shrubs and small trees bejewel the landscape from fall into winter

Ben Woolsey


These four types have exceptionally showy berries:

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

C. dammeri, or bearberry cotoneaster, displays bright red fruits among dark evergreen leaves. 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. This deciduous shrub grows 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Full sun. Zones 2b-11, 14-24, A3.


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