I purchased my ‘Winter King’ Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis) from Edge of The Woods Native Plant Nursery (Orefield, PA) a few years ago. This tree is truly stunning in the winter landscape! Each year there are more berries than before which last deep into winter. I chose this tree for the bed next to our front sidewalk. ‘Winter King’ grows 20-25 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide so it is an excellent choice for a street side tree. This year and last, we watched a lone mockingbird that seems to have claimed the tree and the front yard heated bird bath. ‘Winter King’ is also attractive in early spring with white flowers.
One of my favorite books is Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr. A large and expensive book, I continually checked this book out of the local library until I received it as a gift one year. Relaxing to me is paging through this book to look at the photos and the names of trees and shrubs with a glass of wine!
Paula Ziegler is a local resident who has a concern for the fate of bees, butterflies, and all wildlife which inspire her to find solutions to creating wildlife habitat gardens that fit into the look of the neighborhood. Her hope is that you enjoy her blogs and perhaps start a wildlife garden of your own! Learn more about Paula at https://www.facebook.com/paulayourgardenkeeper