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Fall’s Fruiting Shrubs

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Roses, viburnums, snowberries, and hollies are all loaded with colorful berries that shine in fall’s glowing sunlight.

Think of fall as the “other” fruit season when nature ramps up producing the produce so plants can set seeds for next year, and depending on the plant in question, provide incredible edibles for migrating and wintering birds (and, in some cases, some for us, too). Here are a few late fruiting shrubs from Monrovia to add another layer of magic to your autumn garden.

Come visit us for even more inspiration or order your favorites from Monrovia with free shipping to Wallitsch Garden Center!

Brilliant Red Chokeberry

Improved, compact version of the highly ornamental North American native plant with spring flowers and abundant glossy fall fruit and brilliant foliage. Up to 8′ tall and wide. Partial shade to full sun.

Use: Ideal for wet, boggy soils. Fruits are good for preserves.

Doublefile Viburnum - Monrovia

Lush layers of the horizontal branches of this shrub give it a beautiful form in leaf, flower and berry. Up to 8′ tall, 10′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Where you can give it room to spread its branches. Fruits are ornamental, but loved by birds.

Black Tower Elderberry - Monrovia

Upright form creates a garden spire festooned with dark foliage, and bright-pink flowers followed by abundant blackish-red berries. Up to 8′ tall, 4′ wide. Full to partial sun.

Use: Add height to borders. Berries are edible and provide forage for wildlife.

Gotemba Golden Japanese Spikenard - Monrovia

Dies to the ground and comes back tree-like in spring. Fall fireworks of shiny purplish berries. Up to 8′ tall and wide annually. Partial shade to partial sun.

Use: In a semi-shaded border. Berries are best left to birds.

Plum Passion® Heavenly Bamboo - Monrovia

New growth is deep purple-red, turning slightly redder in the winter. And, those berries! Evergreen in warmer zones. Up to 5′ tall, 3′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Elegant foundation or low hedge option. Berries for birds or floral arrangements.

Flower Carpet® Amber Groundcover Rose - Monrovia

Easy care landscape rose produces a huge crop of small-to-medium sized bright red hips on longer stems. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Full sun.

Use: Massed or in containers. Edible berries can be used in cooking and crafts.

Bright Fantasy™ Snowberry - Monrovia

Native to N. America, snowberries produce bountiful branches of fall berries that often hold into winter. Excellent for adding interest to cold zone gardens. Up to 4′ tall and wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Berries are best left to the birds. Stems are lovely in fall arrangements.

Berri-Magic® Kids’ Holly Combination - Monrovia

Berries are assured because a male pollenizer is planted in the same container as fruiting female. Up to 8′ tall, 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Single specimen or dense hedge. Berries for wildlife and crafts.

King Edward VII Flowering Currant - Monrovia

N. American native compact shrub produces hummingbird-favorite vivid, crimson spring flowers followed by glossy blue-black berries in fall. Up to 6′ tall and wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Add to mixed shrub borders. Berries are edible, but seedy–birds love them!

FloralBerry™ Pinot St. John’s Wort - Monrovia

Clusters of bright red berries on well-branched, rust resistant plants with handsome dark green foliage. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Partial shade to full sun.

Use: Lovely massed for foundations or at front of deep borders. Berries for wildlife and crafts.

Winterthur Smooth Viburnum

Fragrant, creamy white flowers, followed by white fruit that darkens to pink before maturing to blue. Shiny deep green foliage turns cinnabar-red in the fall. Up to 10′ tall, 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.

Use: Good for low or damp spots. Berries are for the birds.

Pink Rugosa Rose - Monrovia

Long flowering, rose hip forming, thicket developing, salt and wind tolerant, and disease-resistant, these are both hardy and beautiful. Up to 8′ tall and wide. Full sun.

Use: Erosion control and impenetrable hedges and borders. Edible berries for birds, cooking, crafts.

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