Trees with beautiful tree trunks gives your winter garden character!

Beautiful winter tree trunks

One way to make the garden interesting even in the winter is to plant trees with colored tree trunks and striking patterns. There are many trees that are well worth planting, and here are some that every garden should have, if possible at least one. It is during winter season the tree trunks really becomes visible and becomes an interesting eye catcher.

This trees have the kind of tree trunks that you almost can´t resist to touch when you passing by. Make sure you plant the trees in the best places in your garden. These places are where you can see the trees from a window or plant them so you pass by the tree at your daily path from garage to your house ore some other place were you regularly walk. It would be such a waste to hide them in some place in your garden where you never are during winter. In summer the trees adds green colour to the garden, and gives the garden some height. In winter, when the leaves have fallen, you can discover the beautiful tree trunks of these trees.

Prunus Maackii. Wikimedia commons. Bruce Marlin
Prunus Maackii. Wikimedia commons. Bruce Marlin

Prunus maackii

Manchurian Cherry or Amur choke Cherry origins from Korea, China and Siberia. The tree has very high resistance and can withstand low temperatures. The bark can be yellow ore copper-colored and is often very beautiful flaky. The tree is fast growing and is therefor useful if you want to quickly create "ceiling" in the garden. Planted in sun or partial shade. The tree has very light green colour in spring and beautiful brilliant yellow colour in autumn. Blooming with small white flowers.

This is one of the trees that I find an urge to touch when I see one. The tree trunk also gives a wonderful color in a white landscape covered with snow!

Prunus serrula
Prunus serrula

Prunus serrula

Japanese Cherry

A tree with a beautiful mirror-polished tree trunk. Polyphonic specimen are particularly beautiful. Do not buy a tree that is too young because then you have to wait for this eye-catching tree trunk for a long time since the tree is at its best first after a few year.

This tree thrives in sun or half shade. The bark colour is featured more if sunlight can be reflected from the tree trunk. It likes neutral to slight calcareous fertile soil that must be well drained and rich in humus. The tree shape can be 5-7 m high and 4-5 m wide. Prunus serrula can also grow as a part-bush, but choose the tree if you want beautiful winter tree trunks.

The amazing red copper colored tree trunk is a favorite of mine!

Foto from Gothenburg Botanic garden, by thougforce
Foto from Gothenburg Botanic garden, by thougforce

Acer pencylvanicum or Acer striatum

Striped Maple

A delicious tree with snakeskin-like white stripes on olive green trunk. The tree can be up to 8 meters high. On young specimen the tree trunk is only green. The tree does not grow so fast so it is advisable to buy a tree that already has the white striped bark if you don't like to wait for many years. The big light green leaves also gets a beautiful yellow colour in autumn. Thrives in sun, or half shade and prefers well-drained soil.

This is a tree that is well worth having during all seasons and also adds something special during winter season. We need some green color also during winter as a reminder of the warm season.

Acer griseum

Paperbark Maple

Paperbark Marple is a slow-growing little tree with great beauty! Due to its size it can fit in even a smaller garden. The tree grows with an oval open tree-top that becomes more rounded in shape over the year. The tree trunk has striking coppery brown colour with flaky paper thin bark. The leaves gets nice red orange or purple colour in autumn and adds extra value in the garden. The tree gets about 2-5 meters high and thrives in sun or half shed. Should be planted in a warm place in deep, fertile soil. Best in moist, well drained soil.

This is really a "got to have" tree! I guess it´s not just me who wants to feel the tree trunk. The tree also have a special appearance with incredible beauty.

Wikipedia commons  Attribution:Sten
Wikipedia commons Attribution:Sten

Betula utilis var. jacuquemontii

Himalaya Birch

This birch is derived, as the name implies, from Himalayas. It has become a popular tree because it stands wind better than an ordinary birch. Small birch which can be 10 to 15 meters high. The tree has almost spooky white tree trunk with flaky bark. This is a very beautiful tree that can be used for creating a sense of forest in the garden. It thrives in sun or half shade. The tree has no special requirements for soil type, and will thrives in any soil.

The tree trunk gets very prominent if it is placed in front of a winter green hedge or a bush.The contrast to the white tree trunk is absolutely wonderful.

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Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

Enjoyable hub. Just as bare trees in winter have a character of their own, the tree trunks in a garden also add to the character of the garden. I like your photos, especially the Paperbark Maple. Thanks for sharing.

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Wife Who Saves, thanks for commenting and feedback! And the Papebark Maple was just amazing in reality. I am now planning for one in my one garden!

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I! Love! Trees! I mean love them with all my heart and soul. What a unique idea to write about tree trunks. As winter approaches, after looking at your tree trunks here, I will develop a greater appreciation for bare trees and their trunks. Thanks for the information provided!

Few would believe it because I live in Brooklyn, NYC but there are thousands of trees in my community. It makes all the difference because I could not live without trees - which more than balance all the buildings and concrete.

Super hub! Thanks so much and rated up of course!

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, BkCreative,I do love tree trunks, they are wonderful to touch, and for me they stand for stability and resistance and some of them are also very beautiful. They are worth noticing. Trees in urban areas are very important, good that there are many where you live! Thank you, for feedback and I am glad you liked it!

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Tiggerinma 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Nice article. I too love trees and have had the joy and oportunity to work in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design now for more than thirty-five years.

As fall and winter approach, it allows us to remember that there is far more to the "bones" of our gardens than just raking leaves and cutting back perennials.

One my favorite varieties of trees that have exfoliating bark is Betula nigra, the river birch. It has a very rose to pink color bark and is far less susceptible to the birch bore than the varieties of paper birch, Betula paperiferia. As its' name implies, the river birch does best in a moist area on your site, but with increased irrigation, I have been able to grow it nearly anywhere. Just remember to surround it with other plants that are happy to have "damp feet"

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, Tiggerinma, What a beautiful tree! I am not familiar with Betula nigra, but I did a search and it is really something. Thanks for your valuable information!

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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

thoughtforce, really enjoyed sharing this informative hub with you. The photographs enhance your hub beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

D.A.L. Hi, nice to meet you, and I am so glad you liked it! Often we focus on the leaves and flowers on trees, but since I began to think about the tree trunks I now see so many trees with beautiful trunks.

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Love all the beautiful trees. Enjoyed your hub.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi moonlake, I am delighted to meet you and glad you liked this hub! Trees are sometimes forgotten but if we just look at them we will see the beauty in them.


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