Winterberry Holly...bringing life to winter

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This is a very cool plant that shines when most others are dormant.  It's called Winterberry Holly, or Ilex Verticillata.  It has attractive foliage but the real beauty is in it's red fruit (not edible).  Here are some recent pictures I've taken.   If you want year-round interest in your landscape, this is an absolute must and Split Rock Design can help you.

Plant of the Month....Seven Sons Tree

If you've spent any stretch of time with me in the last few years, I've probably talked your ear off about some tree or shrub, I love them.  This tree, however, might be my new favorite and it is incredibly under-utilized.   Originating from China, this tree is handsome in every season.  It blooms in the late summer to late fall, but even when the leaves fall, the bark on this tree exfoliates and creates a really cool look. Fast grower, 20ft tall at maturity.

See Flowers, I took this picture Late October - Frelinghuysen Arboretum

See Flowers, I took this picture Late October - Frelinghuysen Arboretum

The bark I was talking about

The bark I was talking about

Plant of the Month...Dwarf Euonymus

Because there are so many plants I love, I thought I'd start sharing them with whoever's following on a monthly basis!   This month we are going to feature a beautiful fall bellwether called "Dwarf Burning Bush".  While an unassuming green shrub for most of the year, this season, you will see this plant turn a brilliant crimson red that will turn heads.  Be sure to plant the variety that is not invasive.  This one needs full sun and plenty of water and can reach 8ft tall upon maturity.   Enjoy the day and see you next month!