Winter Highlights Tour - South Campus

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Highlighted by berries, bark textures, and evergreen foliage, there is a subtle, but noteworthy, beauty to the winter landscape. This south campus tour takes visitors around the Horticulture, Nelson, Whistler, Pfendler, and Agricultural Administration buildings.

Ilex × meserveae 'Conapry' [sold as Blue Princess®] (Blue Princess Meserve Holly)

This female holly cultivar has glossy, blue-green, evergreen foliage accented by bright red berries.

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Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)

This small tree has smooth, gray, lightly striped bark and is grown in both single and multi-trunked forms.

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Vinca minor 'La Grave' (La Grave Periwinkle)

Also known as 'Bowles', this vigorous cultivar of periwinkle is an excellent groundcover with lustrous evergreen foliage.

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Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple)

Peeling and exfoliating in rich shades of copper and cinnamon, the bark of this uncommon maple is truly beautiful.


Pinus mugo 'Valley Cushion' (Dwarf Mugo Pine)

This excellent, truly dwarf evergreen shrub is slow growing and works well in rock gardens.

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Betula nigra (River Birch)

The cream, brown, orange, and reddish exfoliating bark of this birch is quite prominent in the winter and tends to catch the snow.

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Fagus grandifolia (American Beech)

The attractive, smooth but sometimes wrinkled, gray bark of this beech is often said to resemble the hide of an elephant.


Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' (Winter King Green Hawthorn)

As its common name implies, the Winter King Green Hawthorn is very prominent in the winter landscape, with its abundance of long lasting red berries.

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Buxus × 'Green Velvet' (Green Velvet Boxwood)

Boxwoods are low maintenance, broadleaf-evergreen shrubs that tolerate pruning well, making them useful for hedges and topiary.

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Cedrus libani ssp. stenocoma 'Purdue Hardy' (Cedar of Lebanon)

This slow-growing tree has dark, evergreen foliage and is the most cold hardy of the cedars.

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Symphoricarpos × chenaultii (Chenault Coralberry)

In July, this shrub bears rose-pink to white, pink-tinged berries that often persist into winter.

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Ilex verticillata (Common Winterberry)

The showy, bright red berries of this deciduous holly appear late in the summer and persist into winter.

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Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliant' (Brilliant Red Chokeberry)

The bright red fruits of this shrub persist well into winter and show up prominently with snow.

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Juniperus virginiana 'Canaertii' (Canaert Eastern Redcedar)

The dark green evergreen foliage and profuse beautiful blue berries (cones) of this cultivar are excellent for the winter landscape.

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Platanus occidentalis (American Planetree)

American Planetrees, commonly called Sycamores in the Midwest, are very large, handsome trees with exfoliating bark of mottled greens, tans, and creamy-whites.

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Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam)

The fluted bark of this Indiana native is smooth and sinewy, giving rise to one of its many common names: "musclewood".

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Tsuga canadensis (Canadian Hemlock)

This handsome, evergreen tree has feathery, dark green needles and can be used as a specimen, hedge, or screen.

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Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl' (Grey Owl Eastern Redcedar)

With its handsome gray-blue evergreen foliage and waxy blue berries (cones), this is an excellent winter interest shrub.

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Cornus sericea 'Cardinal' (Red Twig Redosier Dogwood)

The bright red stems of this shrub contrast well against the white winter snow.

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Pinus bungeana (Lacebark Pine)

This pine is not only noted for its bright, evergreen foliage, but for its very beautiful and interesting bark that exfoliates in patches of greens and browns.

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Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

The bark of this oak can be nearly black and develops wide, flat-topped ridges like "ski trails" up the trunk of mature trees.

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