Making Your Own Winter Wonderland II
The white of a long New England winter can get a little boring. Last month, we looked at some colorful winter interest shrubs. This month, we will take a look at some trees that can help break up the monotony of a snowy landscape. Deciduous trees add interest to the winter landscape in mainly one of two ways; exfoliating or colorful bark and unusual form.
Some of the best trees with exfoliating bark are Paperbark Maple and Stewartia Pseudocamillia. In addition to the actual peeled bark clinging to the trunk, as seen above, there are often different colors exposed on the trunk and larger branches. Even better, these trees offer a three or sometimes a four season interest with their spring leafy greenness and beautiful fall color. Stewartia offers a fourth season with large, showy white flowers in late spring and early summer while most flowering trees have already put on their show. Coral Bark Maple is a type of Japanese maple with, SURPRISE, a coral colored bark which contrasts nicely against winter's white.
There are some green and even yellow barked Japanese maples, though they can be scarce in the retail market. Some also may be only borderline hardy here in New England, so doubly-check the zone in which they will best grow. A unique form can be another attractive feature for the dreary winter. One of the most unusual tree forms can be found in the twisted branches of the Harry Lauder's Walking Stick. This tree also offers multi-season interest with its hanging flower racemes in early spring and convoluted foliage through the growing season. Several types of trees come in a weeping form including Japanese maples, Ornamental Cherries, and beech trees. Once the foliage drops in the fall, the beauty of the gracefully weeping branches become the focal point of these trees.
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