Trees With Beautiful Trunks Give Your Winter Garden Character!
Beautiful Winter Tree Trunks
One way to make a garden interesting, even in the winter, is to plant trees with colorful trunks and striking patterns. It is during winter season that the tree trunks really become visible and catch your eye. There are many trees that are well worth planting, and here are some that every garden should have at least one of.
These trees have the kind of trunks that you almost can't resist to touch as you pass by. Make sure you plant the trees in places are where you can see them from a window or from your daily path. It would be such a waste to hide them someplace where can't see them.
In summer, trees add colour and give the garden height. In winter, when the leaves have fallen, you can discover their beautiful trunks.
Manchurian cherry (Amur chokecherry) are from Korea, China, and Siberia. The tree can withstand low temperatures. The bark can be yellow ore copper-colored and flakes beautifully. The tree is fast growing and is therefore useful if you want to quickly create a "ceiling" in the garden. Planted in sun or partial shade, its leaves are light green colour in spring and beautiful brilliant yellow in autumn. It blooms with small white flowers.
This is one of the trees that I always find an urge to touch. Its trunk looks spectacular in a white landscape covered with snow!
Prunus Serrula: Japanese Cherry
This is a tree with a beautiful mirror-polished tree trunk. Polyphonic specimen are particularly beautiful. Do not buy a tree that is too young because you'll have to wait for a long time before seeing its eye-catching trunk, since the tree is at its best after a few years.
It thrives in sun or half shade. The bark colour looks best in sunlight. It likes neutral to slightly calcareous fertile soil that must be well drained and rich in humus. It will grow to be 5-7 m high and 4-5 m wide. Prunus serrula can also grow as a part-bush, but choose the tree if you want beautiful winter tree trunks.
The amazing red copper colored tree trunk is a favorite of mine!
Acer Pencylvanicum or Acer Striatum: Striped Maple
A delicious tree with snakeskin-like white stripes on olive green trunk. It can grow up to 8 meters high. On young specimen, the trunk is only green. The tree does not grow fast so it is advisable to buy a tree that already has the white striped bark if you don't want to wait. The big, light green leaves turn a beautiful yellow colour in autumn. It thrives in sun or half shade and prefers well-drained soil.
This is a tree that is well worth having during all seasons and also adds something special to winter. We need some green color also during winter as a reminder of spring.
Acer Griseum: Paperbark Maple
Paperbark maple is a slow-growing little tree with great beauty! Due to its size, it can fit in even a smaller garden. It grows with an oval open tree-top that becomes more rounded in shape over the years. The trunk has striking coppery brown colour with flaky, paper thin bark. The leaves turn a nice red orange or purple colour in autumn and add extra drama. It gets about 2-5 meters high and thrives in sun or half shade. It should be planted in a warm place in deep, fertile soil. Best in moist, well drained soil.
This is really a "got to have" tree!
Betula Utilis var. Jacuquemontii: Himalaya Birch
As the name implies, this birch comes from the Himalayas. It has become a popular tree because it withstands wind better than an ordinary birch. It can reach 10 to 15 meters high. It has an almost spooky white tree trunk with flaky bark. This is a very beautiful tree that can be used for creating a sense of forest in the garden. It thrives in sun or half shade and has no special requirements for soil type— it will thrive in any soil.
The trunk gets very prominent if it is placed in front of a winter green hedge or a bush. The contrast of dark green to the white tree trunk is absolutely wonderful.