Growth plays a major role in garden design with trees. Shrubs are usually selected according to the criteria “deciduous” or “evergreen”. Rarely, however, does the fruit decoration influence the decision. Orange berries set a wonderful color accent.


The orange berries on shrubs can usually only be seen in autumn. With these five shrubs you set a colorful accent in a cloudy season.

Celastrus orbiculatus

  • Occurrence: on house walls, arbours, pergolas
  • climbing shrub
  • Fruits: orange-yellow, capsule-shaped, orange-red seed coat
  • deciduous
  • Growth: strongly twining climbing plant
  • Growth height: 800 to 1,200 centimeters
  • Growth width: 400 to 800 centimeters
  • Flowers: green-yellow, inconspicuous, in June
  • Leaves: light green, oval to round
  • Location: sun to semi-shade
  • Soil: undemanding

Feuerdorn (Pyracantha)

The fruits of the bushes, ripening in the fall, can be yellow, red-orange. Orange berries bear the varieties “Golden Chamer” (orange-gold), “Orange Charmer” (strong orange-red), “Organe Glow” (orange-yellow), “Saphyr Orange” (bright orange).

  • Occurrence: Gardens and parks
  • Solitaire or hedge
  • Fruits: Pea-sized on clusters, ripens in September, winters
  • evergreen ornamental shrub with thorny branches
  • Growth: upright, bushy
  • Growth height: up to 400 centimeters (depending on variety)
  • Growth width: up to 400 centimeters (depending on variety)
  • Flowers: white umbels from May to June
  • Leaves: dark green, leathery, lanceolate
  • Location: sun to semi-shade
  • Soil: normal garden soil

War spider (Euonymus fortunei) “Coloratus”

  • Occurrence: garden, cemeteries, house walls, rock gardens
  • Fruits: orange-red, capsule-shaped, about 0.6 centimeters wide
  • evergreen
  • Habit: Ground cover or climbing shrub
  • Height of growth: up to 500 centimeters (climbing plant), up to 50 centimeters (ground cover)
  • Growth width: up to 100 centimeters (ground cover)
  • Flowers: inconspicuous, greenish-yellow cymes from June to July
  • Leaves: dark green, matt glossy, extremely variable in shape and size
  • Location: sun to shade
  • Soil: normal, nutritious garden soil

Sanddorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

The “orange” of the sea buckthorn varies from yellow-orange to orange-red, depending on the variety.

  • Occurrence: Gardens, parks, roadsides, light pine forests, dry river meadows, gravel fields, rocky slopes, gravel banks of mountain streams (up to 1,800 meters)
  • Solitaire or hedge
  • fruits: oval, 0.6 to 0.8 centimeters long, sessile in racemes
  • Harvest time: August to October (depending on variety)
  • deciduous shrub with thorny branches
  • Growth: upright
  • Growth height: up to 500 centimeters (depending on variety)
  • Growth width: up to 300 centimeters (depending on variety)
  • Flowers: greenish-brown, inconspicuous, from March to April
  • Leaves: green or silvery green, linear-lanceolate
  • Location: sun to semi-shade
  • Soil: normal garden soil
Note: Since the sea buckthorn only bears fruit on female bushes, they always need a male ‘partner’.

Pigeonberry ‘Geisha Girl’ (Heavenly Blossom, bot. Duranta erecta)

  • Occurrence: container plant (not hardy)
  • Solitär
  • Früchte: kugelförmig (bis 1,1 Zentimeter im Durchmesser, ab Herbst
  • sommergrüner, mehrjähriger Zierstrauch
  • Wuchs: überhängend
  • Wuchshöhe: 60 bis 100 Zentimeter
  • Blüte: bis zu 20 Zentimeter lange, blauviolette Rispenblüten von Juli bis September
  • Blätter: dunkelgrün, lanzettlich
  • Standort: Halbschatten bis Sonne
  • Boden: durchlässig, locker, nährstoffreich

Swedish Whitebeam (Oxelberry, bot. Sorbus intermedia)

The fruits of the oxelberry are orange to scarlet and edible.

  • Occurrence: in north-eastern Germany in the wild, otherwise in gardens, parks or as a street tree
  • solitaire
  • Fruits: spherical to ovoid, up to one centimeter across, in racemes, from autumn, hibernates
  • Harvest time: after the first frost
  • deciduous trees with fall colors
  • Growth: one or more stems, dense crown
  • Growth height: up to 1,500 centimeters
  • Growth width: up to 500 centimeters (depending on variety)
  • Flowers: white to creamy white umbels, from May to June
  • Leaves: Dark green above, gray felty underside, broadly ovate, lobed, up to 10 centimeters
  • Location: sun to semi-shade
  • Soil: undemanding, tolerates dry and calcareous soil

Vogelbeere (Eberesche, Sorbus aucuparia)

Wild rowan trees bear red fruits. Orange berries are only found on cultivated varieties, such as “Rosina” and “Fingerprint” (both orange-red).

  • Occurrence: Gardens, parks, avenues
  • Solitaire or group
  • Fruits: pea-sized on clusters, from the end of August to the end of October, hibernates (fingerprint)
  • deciduous trees with fall colors
  • Growth: upright, later overhanging (Rosina), columnar (fingerprint)
  • Height of growth: up to 1,000 centimetres
  • Growth width: 400 to 450 centimeters
  • Flowers: white umbelliferous flowers, from May to June
  • Leaves: (dark) green, pinnate
  • Location: sun to semi-shade
  • Soil: Normal, well-drained garden soil

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