Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 101: Berried Treasure

Perhaps it’s the winter season we’re in right now, or perhaps we’re just hungry, but regardless, we have berries on the mind. This episode highlights some plants that provide us with unexpected (but very appreciated) fruit. It could be a perennial that is grown for its foliage but puts on a late fall show with its berry set. Or it could be a shrub that is known for its berries—just not in a certain bubblegum color. We’ll give credit where credit is due for this topic: Andy Brand, who is our expert for this episode, pitched the idea of plants that have a secret talent of producing amazing berry displays. Did we surprise you with some of these plants? Our guess is yes. Spoiler alert: there is no such thing as a crunch berry tree, despite what Cap’n Crunch says.

Expert testimony: Andy Brand is the interim director of horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

Danielle’s Plants

White baneberry
White baneberry

White baneberry (Actaea pachypoda, Zones 3–8)

'Welch's Pink' American beautyberry
Leatherleaf viburnum

Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Zones 5–8)

Common snowberry (credit: Chris Schlenker)
Common snowberry (credit: Chris Schlenker)

Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus, Zones 3-7)

'Welch's Pink' American beautyberry
‘Welch’s Pink’ American beautyberry

‘Welch’s Pink’ American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana ‘Welch’s Pink’, Zones 6–9)

 

Carol’s Plants

False Solomon’s seal (flower)
False Solomon’s seal (flower)

False Solomon’s seal (berries)
False Solomon’s seal (berries)

False Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum, Zones 3–8)

All That Glitters® arrowwood viburnum
All That Glitters® arrowwood viburnum

All That Glitters® arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum var. deamii ‘SMVDLS’, Zones 4–8)

‘Sun King’ aralia
‘Sun King’ aralia

‘Sun King’ aralia (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 3–9)

Pink Icing® blueberry
Pink Icing® blueberry

Pink Icing® blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘ZF06-079’, Zones 5–10)

 

Expert testimony: Andy Brand is the interim director of horticulture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

Wintergreen
Wintergreen

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens, Zones 3–9)

‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry
‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry

‘Early Amethyst’ beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’, Zones 5–8)

Fringetree fruit (credit: Andy Brand)
Fringetree fruit. Photo: Andy Brand

Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus, Zones 3–9)

 

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