As winter approaches and we retreat indoors, we generally put our trees out of our minds until spring. While most trees have lost their leaves, leaving your yard looking bleak, there are some trees out there that can make your yard pop in the winter. Winter trees can make your yard take on a whole new look. Not only that, many of these trees also attract birds and other animals struggling to find something to eat. Here is a list of the best trees to make your winter landscapes burst with color and life.
The sargent crabapple is a compact tree that can fit in almost any yard. Its short height makes it suitable for planting under power lines and small yards. As with all crabapples, this tree provides interest throughout the year. In the spring, the sargent crabapple blooms with clusters of fragrant white flowers. The sargent crabapple holds onto its bright red fruit well into winter that attracts grosbeaks, mockingbirds, red-necked pheasant, cedar waxwings, robins, cottontail rabbits, and red foxes. The Sargent crabapple prefers to live in hardiness zones 4-8.
Colorado Blue Spruce
The blue spruce is native to the Rocky Mountains region but has become a favorite landscaping tree for many homeowners in the midwest. Blue spruces are coveted for their thick, full branches that provide windscreen and privacy. The best part is that they retain their blue charm all year long. The winter is when these trees really stand out against the white landscape. Blue spruces also attract many species of birds such as robins, siskins, nuthatches, crossbills, and chickadees. Blue spruces can be planted in hardiness zones 2-7.
Holly has always been a symbol of Christmas but this tree has much more to offer than just being a holiday decoration. Holly is a short shrub-like tree that can grow 40′ – 50′ tall. In order for the holly tree to produce its signature red fruit you will need to have both a male and female plant to have berries, or at least have the opposite sex growing in a neighbor’s yard somewhere nearby. The fruit and leaves stick around all winter, making this tree a standout and a must-have. The fruits also attract quail, songbirds, grouse, and wild turkeys. American holly prefers to be planted in hardiness zones 5-9.
A crabapple tree in bloom in the spring is truly a sight to see. The soft pink buds turn into a snowy white in mid-spring. Although this tree is the most beautiful in the spring, it does offer visual interest year-round. Its glossy, green leaves turn to yellow in the fall and produces orange-red fruit that clings on to the tree through the winter. The fruit is an attractive source of food during the winter for songbirds, deer, and rabbits. The snowdrift crabapple can grow in Hardiness Zones 4-8.
The Washington hawthorn is a small tree that can brighten up any landscape. Its reddish-purple leaves emerge in the spring then turn dark green. By early June, white flowers begin to bloom giving the tree a whole new look for summer. In the fall, the Washington hawthorn transformers one more time when its leaves turn orange then purple. After shedding its leaves, small red berries remain throughout the winter providing food for hungry songbirds and mammals. You can expect the Washington hawthorn to grow in hardiness zones 4-8.
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