Winter is here, and that means you can put away the gardening tools and lawnmower for now. You spend a lot of time on your spring, summer, and fall landscapes, but what about your winter landscapes? Most Ohio homeowners don’t worry about their yard in the winter because it’s usually buried under a foot of snow. But several trees pop out against a white landscape and give your yard a new winter appeal.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Blue spruces have always been a favorite winter tree in Ohio. Native to the mountains of Colorado, the blue spruce offers everything you want in a good winter tree; full branches, color, and privacy. Blue spruces provide great windshields and blinds any time of the year, but during the winter, they really contrast with the rest of your yard. It is also a favorite roosting and nesting spot for birds such as robins, siskins, nuthatches, crossbills, and chickadees. Blue spruces can be planted in hardiness zones 2-7.
Quaking Aspens are native to cold, harsh climates. Older trees have a greyish bark that stands out in snowy landscapes. In the fall, its leaves change from a brilliant shade of yellow, orange, or gold. In the winter, Quaking Aspens continue to produce sugar for energy due to their ability to capture sunlight through their bark.
Always a symbol of Christmas, American Holly has much more to offer than just holiday tidings. Holly is a stout little shrub that can grow 40′ – 50′ tall. In order for it to produce its beautiful red fruit, a male and female plant are required, or at least have the opposite sex growing in a neighbor’s yard somewhere nearby. The fruit attracts birds such as quail, songbirds, grouse, and wild turkeys throughout the winter. American holly prefers to be planted in hardiness zones 5-9.
This popular replacement for American elms decimated by Dutch Elm Disease has flaky bark in shades of grays and reds. It’s leaves, which change from gold, orange, and finally red, stick around until December or January, making it a beautiful winter tree to have in your yard.
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 produce orange-red fruit that clings onto 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.
For those who prefer bright colors, crab apples really make your yard pop out in winter. Crab apples come in many different colors and usually hang onto their fruit well into winter which attracts a variety of birds. The Sargent Crabapple usually steals the show in spring with its beautiful white clusters of flowers. A great choice for small yards with their dense branches and low height. It produces bright red fruit that adds wonderful colors to your yard in the winter.,
During the winter, the Washington hawthorn tree provides food for songbirds and mammals alike. The small red berries that appear in the fall cling to the tree throughout the winter. This is a winter tree for those who love bright festive colors. Because of its small size, it is a great tree for small yards. The Washington hawthorn also adds interest to your yard in the summer when white blossoms begin to bloom. Washington hawthorn grows best in hardiness zones 4-8.
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