{Almost} Wordless Wednesday :: Crabapple Branches (Malus)

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Trillium Art

Trillium Art is in full winter decor mode!  Our focus today is the use of natural berries and fruit in our urns, window boxes and arrangements, more specifically the fruit from the crabapple tree.

This photo was taken at the Dufferin Garden Centre last winter, the morning after an ice storm.  As I was slip-sliding around, the sun came out for just a moment shining on the icy crabapples in this winter display.  It was definitely a case of being in the right spot at the right time!

Crabapples are small ornamental trees that often become the focus of many spring landscapes as they bloom fragrant flowers in May.  The fruit develops over the summer, becoming ripe in September.  Many varieties retain their fruit into the winter months.

If you decide not to use the crabapples for jellies or jams, winter is an excellent time to prune these trees using the ‘fruits of your labour’ in your winter decor!  Pruning will not only benefit the flower and fruit development, but will improve the overall appearance of the tree.

Give your winter displays a splash of colour, and create a focal point using the berries as accents.

Yellow Winterberry Berries (Ilex)

Other natural berry branches include:  viburnum, eucalyptus, holly, winterberry or bittersweet.  Adding real fruit is also an option (such as pomegranates) or natural elements of pinecones or cinnamon sticks.

Fresh Pomegranates with Cinnamon Sticks

Which natural berries or fruit are part of your winter decor this year?

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