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Posted on: December 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Are You Looking to Add a Little Pop to Your Winter Landscape?

Trees and shrubs can add interest to your yard when winter snows coat the ground. Follow the link to learn more…

The winter landscape doesn’t have to be blah. Native plants can provide a variety of textures and colors in your yard. Trees and shrubs in particular can spruce up the view (pun intended). When selecting trees and shrubs look for the following characteristics to add eye catching elements in winter:

Evergreens - This one seems obvious. If you miss summer greenery, why not select trees with that feature in mind. Evergreens native to Dakota County include Bush Juniper, Canada Yew, Eastern Red Cedar, and White Pine.

Interesting Bark - Many species of shrubs and trees have bark with unusual colors or textures. Paper Birch has white peeling bark, Red Osier Dogwood has bright red twigs, and River Birch has salmon colored peeling bark.

Trees that retain their seeds or leaves in winter - Look closely and you will see many trees and shrubs that fit into this category. A few examples are staghorns on Sumac, leaves on Swamp White Oak, and berries on High Bush Cranberry.

Make sure you do your homework to attain an attractive, low-maintenance landscape you enjoy. Pick the right plant for the right place and be careful of nonnative weed species. Planting a cedar in a sunny area with southern exposures could lead to winter burn, nonnative buckthorn has persistent berries, and native willows tend to form thickets which may be great for natural areas but not ideal in your front yard.

The City’s annual Tree and Shrub Sale is right around the corner – watch for order forms in March to get your hands on some new low cost specimens.

Plant Selection Resources…
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