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Native Trees

Native trees and shrubs are a vital part of any garden. Not only do they offer year round interest with colorful fruit, flowers and fall foliage, they are also an important source of food and shelter for local wildlife. Here are a few examples of native trees in Connecticut.

Acer rubrum, Red Maple, is a fast-growing shade tree reaching 40-70 feet tall. It tolerates moist sites and makes a great street tree. Red Maples have three seasons of interest with red showy flowers in the early spring, small green leaves in the summer and beautiful bright red leaves in the fall.

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Native Shrubs

Many gardeners have started to discover the benefits of gardening with native plants. When established in landscape sites similar to their natural habit, native plants require little maintenance, attract beneficial wildlife to the garden and are well adapted to local soils and climate. There is an abundance of beautiful native plants in Connecticut. Here are a few examples available at Winterberry Gardens:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, known as Bearberry, is a native evergreen groundcover naturally found in sandy or rocky soil in full to part sun. This low, spreading plant has year round interest. Glossy, dark green foliage with small white to pink, urn shaped flowers in April and May, bright red berries in late summer and bronze colored leaves in the fall and winter.