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Woody Plants are Wonderful in Winter

At first glance, winter can seem like such a barren time of year. You might notice some evergreens, dry ornamental grasses and such, but no masses of colorful vegetation, no flowers blooming, not much wildlife about. However, winter is the perfect time to look at trees without the covering of leaves to see the beauty of the bark, branches and overwintering fruit! Next time you venture out, take a moment (or longer) to focus on these features. You might discover something wonderful you have missed in the past! Here are a few distinctive, woody winter plants you will find in the White River Gardens:

Bald cypress “knee” (Taxodium disticum)​


Kousa dogwood’s mottled bark (Cornus kousa) ​

Kentucky coffee tree’s scaly bark (Gymnocladus dioica)​


Lichen covered native Fringetree stem (Chionanthus virginicus)​    ​ 


Persimmon’s chunky bark (Diospyros virginiana)​


 River birch’s many-layered peeling bark (Betula nigra)​


The contorted branches of Red Majestic filbert (Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’)​

Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor) ​

The intertwined stems of Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)​

​The remains of Tulip tree flowers (Liriodendron tulipifera)