A Tree for all Seasons
PRO: Harry Meisenholder, landscape designer, Young's Nurseries, Wilton, Conn.
SECRET: To give your yard a colorful accent during the winter, and pretty much every other time of the year, plant a ‘Winter King' hawthorn. In most regions of the country, the tree has clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by glossy oval leaves in summer that turn to chartreuse, golden yellow, and burgundy as autumn unfolds. But it's the tree's silvery exfoliating bark and brilliant red berries that make it a standout in winter, when yards are dull. "It's one of the most versatile trees, so you get a lot of bang for your buck," says Meisenholder. At full maturity, expect the ‘Winter King' to grow 20 to 35 feet high and about the same in width.