Winter trees with colorful berries brighten up the landscape and provide warmth to the garden. Often the berries on winter-blooming trees are bright red to orange, although they can be deep to pale blue. Clustered along the stem of the tree, the berries make stunning additions to winter bouquets and garlands.
Washington hawthorn (Crategus virdis 'Winter King') is a deciduous tree with orange to red berries that emerge in winter. The tree has a slow growth rate and grows 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. The small 2-inch-wide white flowers emerge in spring to light up the tree with color. Washington hawthorn trees have a pyramidal form and gray bark. The bright green leaves grow 1 to 3 inches long to turn yellow in fall. Washington hawthorn trees require full sun to light shade and well-drained soil to thrive. They are drought-tolerant and withstand damp planting sites for a limited period of time. Plant Washington hawthorn in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 6 to 8.
Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) is an evergreen tree with a moderate growth rate and medium to finely textured bark. Yaupon holly trees have an upright and irregular shape. They grow 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 20 feet wide. The dark green leaves on yaupon holly grow up to 1-1/2 inches long. Yaupon holly trees are salt- and drought-tolerant, making for a hardy tree variety. Planted in rows along the landscape, they make ideal screening plants for privacy. Yaupon holly trees have small white spring-blooming flowers and red to orange berries that grow in clusters along the stems to emerge in winter. They grow best in full sun to partial shade and tolerate a wide range of soil types, including moist and dry soils. Plant in USDA zones 7 to 9.
Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) is a slow-growing, deciduous tree with bright red winter berries that attract birds to the tree. The trees grow 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide and have an upright, vase-shaped habit that tends to be leggy. The green foliage on red chokeberries grows 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long to turn red to purple in fall for a brilliant display among the garden. The white to pink flowers on red chokeberries emerge in spring. They require full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. They tolerate a wide range of soil varieties including, wet and dry soil. Plant in USDA zones 4 to 9.