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Shrubs with impressive ornamental fruit for winter colour

The majority of this list of shrubs will produce fruit as an additional feature of interest within the garden. Many of these plants - most notably cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Rosa - will also produce attractive spring and summer blossom, and then go on to provide a further autumnal display of fruit and berries.

Much of this colourful fruit will hang on the bow over the grim winter months, giving a much needed splash of colour as well as a winter snack for many of our native birds.

Always dig plenty of rotted compost into soil when planting and water in establishing plants throughout their first growing season to aid good establishment.

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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Symphoricarpus albus - SnowberrySymphoricarpus albus

Shrub, Ground cover, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Spring)
Callicarpa bodinieri - Profusion - Beauty BerryCallicarpa bodinieri


Beauty Berry
Shrub, Rounded - BushDark pink flowers (Summer early)
Cotoneaster frigidus - VicaryiCotoneaster frigidus

Tree, Rounded - TreeWhite flowers (Spring)
Pernettya mucronata - Mascala - PernettyaPernettya mucronata


Shrub, Ground cover, Spreading clumpWhite flowers (Spring)
Skimmia japonica - Chilan Choice - SkimmiaSkimmia japonica

'Chilan Choice'

Shrub, Ground cover, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Nandina domestica - Richmond - Sacred BambooNandina domestica


Sacred Bamboo
Shrub, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Autumn)
Rosa rubiginosa - EglantineRosa rubiginosa

Climber, SpreadingDark pink flowers (Summer, scented)
Leycesteria formosa - Purple Rain - Leycesteria, Himalayan HoneysuckeLeycesteria formosa

'Purple Rain'

Leycesteria, Himalayan Honeysucke
Shrub, Spreading archingPurple flowers (Summer)
Berberis koehneana - AurameaBerberis koehneana

Shrub, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Spring, scented)
Ilex  aquifolium pyramidalis - AureomarginataIlex aquifolium pyramidalis

Tree, Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Container-friendly, Conical - TreeNon-flowering

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