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8 Trees to Plant for Fall and Winter Colors

Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on December 1, 2013

When it comes to your outdoor space, you may think your garden is destined to hibernate throughout the winter. While it's true that many plants will await the springtime sun to flourish, there are several trees that take on a whole new appeal during the colder months.

Instead of bright, vibrant splashes of color, some trees in winter take center stage with their unique shapes and intriguing bark patterns. Others have become symbols of holiday festivities and inspire fond childhood memories. Find out what trees can help you enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature all year long. 

1. The Strawberry tree

Strawberry trees blossom in late fall and produce a red fruit all winter that can be used to make holiday wreaths. They do well in USDA zones 6 to 9. 

2. Colorado blue spruce 

This imposing tree looks especially beautiful when snow is surrounding it. This tree thrives in zones 2 to 7. 

3. Tibetan cherry 

Interesting rings of shiny reddish bark circle this tree all year, which is ideal in USDA zones 7 to 10. 

4. Paperbark maple

Little rings of peeling bark cover the smooth, dark trunk and branches on this tree. Consider planting one if you live in zones 4 to 8.

5. Himalayan pine 

This tree grows in USDA zones 5 to 7 and produces long green needles and cones that you can use for holiday decorations. 

6. Japanese maples 

When all the leaves have fallen off, many Japanese maples showcase twisting, gnarly branches that are fascinating to behold. They do best in zones 6 to 9.

7. Monkey puzzle 

This tree offers an enchanting, exotic spin on the traditional holiday tree with green foliage that fans upwards. USDA zones 7B to 10B are ideal.

8. Stewartia pseudocamellia 

Combinations of alluring light red, brown and gray colors appear after older bark peels away. This tree grows best in zones 5 to 9. 

When planting to enjoy your trees in winter, choose a location that allows your tree to be the focal point. Any greenery surrounding it should be mainly herbaceous. 

Contact us at Compact Power Equipment Rental to get all the garden equipment you'll need to get your winter trees planted.

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