Winter can be a tricky time for our yards in Cincinnati! If you enjoy gardening, it is a slow season. You can’t plant much of anything, and it’s too cold to plant flowering plants.
But what about trees? Now’s the time you can add trees to your yard. You can give your garden and yard some height, while adding texture to your surroundings. Some of these trees produce berries in the winter, too, which can make for a natural bird feeder and add splashes of color to an otherwise grey setting.
Arborists call these “trees for winter landscape interest,” and there are a variety that can thrive this time of year.
Trees with branches and berries
Deciduous trees are not what you think of first when you think of winter trees. They lose most of all of their leaves in the fall.
However, the bare branches themselves can be stunningly beautiful, even when the ice comes.
Those delicate branch patterns — clusters of fine, angled branches and twigs — can capture the frost beautifully. The branch architecture can be perfect to create a shimmering effect.
Especially lovely are eucalyptus, in part for the way their bark peels. For the branch arrangement, check out the osage orange trees and the birch.
For fruit and berries that emerge in the winter, you can consider holly and hawthorn trees. Have a jolly, holly Christmas, eh!
Trees that stay green all winter
Evergreen trees, also known as conifers, keep their needles or leaves all year. Cedars show off snow brilliantly. Cedar bark is also of great interest, and is a nice textural element for your landscaping.
Some trees naturally grow into cone shapes, which can create a lovely effect with the “skyline” of your yard. These include firs and spruces, which, coincidentally, are often chosen for use as Christmas trees.