Looking to attract wildlife to your yard, or simply want the beauty of berries in your landscape? We’ve got options! Although berries usually grow on bushes, there are a few trees that yield berries as well. Whether you’re looking for a bush or a tree, here are some of our favorite berry-producing plants.
The chameleon of the plant world, the beautiful Oakleaf Holly boasts attractive new growth that’s bronze-to-burgundy, then ages to emerald green! Unlike other plants of the holly variety, it sets red berries without needing a pollenizer. The red berries and emerald green foliage make for gorgeous additions to your holiday decor. As the tree reaches maturity, the lower branches lose their vertical turgidity, giving the tree a mature pyramid shape, which makes it stunning as a tall hedge (and privacy screen) or as a stand-alone specimen plant.
While many people want plants with berries due to the wildlife they attract, if you’re simply looking for the showiness of beautiful berries without intruders, the Helleri Holly is right for you as it’s basically pest resistant. This exceptionally low maintenance shrub is excellent for hedges, low borders and mass plantings. It has a naturally rounded shape and a fine texture to its dark green foliage, and its showy, black berries add to its interest in the fall.
We couldn’t make a berry list without including blueberries! Blueberries are your go-to super food due to their high levels of antioxidants. The healing powers of blueberries are widely known, and you just can’t beat the flavor of blueberries picked fresh off a plant you grew. Best of all, kids love them too! While we offer many types of blueberry bushes that can be viewed here, we’re spotlighting the Beckyblue blueberry. With the Rabbiteye Beckyblue being a heavy berry producer, you will easily grow enough berries to make muffins, smoothies, cakes, bread, pies, even add them to your morning oatmeal or cereal. One tidbit about growing blueberries: All blueberries require cross-pollination to produce fruit. We suggest purchasing three plants of at least two different varieties for ideal fruit production. Or, opt for our curated assortment of blueberry bushes, selected for ideal cross-pollination.
A tree for the birds — in a good way!This spectacular pink dogwood offers up glossy red berries in the winter that birds love. Beyond that, it is truly a tree for any and all seasons with its ravishing pink spring blossoms, lush green summertime leaves that turn red in the autumn, and gray stems with brilliant red fruit that contrasts beautifully with the snow. The pink dogwood is a perfect residential tree that is beautiful in groupings or by itself.
Another great plant for attracting birds, the Sweet Viburnum’s berries turn from red to black. This unique plant can act as a bush or a small tree, is one a favorite among landscapers and gardeners to use as a hedge due to its fast growth rate and the delectable springtime fragrance. It’s beautiful, versatile and rarely bothered by pests or disease.
Need help selecting the perfect berry-producing plant for your landscape? Contact us! We’d love to help you with all your landscaping needs. We have plenty more berries to choose from!