The landscape in winter is fairly subdued when compared with the rush of spring, summer and fall color, but don’t be too quick to dismiss the garden in the off season. Evergreens are obvious choices for winter interest, but there are a lot of deciduous trees that offer interesting bark, brightly colored berries, and interesting form. Below are a few possibilities that not only offer interest during the winter months, but also throughout the year. Other than the five trees listed you may want to consider the following: Sycamore, Beech, Harry Lauders Walking Stick, Parrotia, River Birch, Shingle Oak and Lacebark Elm.
1. Rhus typhina – Staghorn Sumac
Rhus tolerates unfavorable conditions, thrives in polluted city air, and grows in such inhospitable sites as cracks in pavement. It will grow on any soil type. Staghorn sumac establishes on clearings, hillsides, open woods, and disturbed areas such as roadsides and reduced-tillage fields. Often dismissed as a weed tree because of it’s pioneering ways; the Staghorn looks great in groves towards edges and inbetween areas. Great fall color, strong structural character year around, and dramatic ‘staghorn’ seedheads in fall and winter.