Cones and Seedpods are
Natural Decorations in Your
Winter Landscape

Cones, seedpods, dried flowerheads and dried capsules make intriguing decorations for your winter garden; and it's nice to have your own plant materials on hand to make holiday ornaments and decorations. Of course, many do double duty--beauty for your winter landscape, and food for birds and other wildlife.


Abies concolor, white fir, Zones 4-7

Abies fraseri, Fraser fir, Zones 4-7

Calocedrus decurrens, California incensecedar, Zones 5-8

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca,' blue Atlas cedar, Zones 6-9

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'

Cedrus deodara, Deodar cedar, Zones 7-8

Cedrus libani, cedar of Lebanon, Zones 5-7

Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica 'Glauca'Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica 'Glauca'

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, Lawson falsecypress, Zones 5-7

Chamaecyparis thyoides, Atlantic whitecedar, Zones 4-8

Cryptomeria japonica, Japanese cryptomeria, Zones 5-8

Cryptomeria japonica coneCryptomeria japonica cone

Juniperus chinensis, Chinese juniper, Zones 4-9

Juniperus communis, common juniper, Zones 2-6

Juniperus conferta, shore juniper, Zones 6-9

Juniperus scopulorum, Rocky Mountain juniper, Zones 3b-7

Juniperus virginiana, Eastern redcedar, Zones 3b-9

Juniperus virginianJuniperus virginiana

Larix kaempferi, Japanese larch, Zones 4-7.

Larix kaempferi conesLarix kaempferi cones

Picea glauca, white spruce, Zones 2-6

Picea glaucaPicea glauca

Picea pungens, Colorado spruce, Zones 3-7

Pinus bungeana, lacebark pine, Zones 5-7b

Pinus densiflora, Japanese red pine, Zones 3b-7

Pinus flexilis, limber pine, Zones 4-7

Pinus koraiensis, Korean pine, Zones 4-7

Pinus nigra, Austrian pine, Zones 3b-7

Pinus parviflora, Japanese white pine, Zones 4-7

Pinus strobus, Eastern white pine, Zones 3-7

Pinus strobusPinus strobus Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service, USA.

Pinus sylvestris, Scotch pine, Zones 3-7

Pseudotsuga menziesii, Douglas fir, Zones 4-6

Tsuga canadensis, Canadian hemlock, Zones 3b-7

Tsuga caroliniana, Carolina hemlock, Zones 4-7

Seedpods, dried capsules and dried flowerheads

Callistemon citrinus, lemon bottlebrush, Zones 8b-11—shrub, persistent seed capsules

Calycanthus floridus, sweetshrub, Zones 4-9—shrub, interesting large brown seedpods

Cercis canadensis, Eastern redbud, Zones 4-9—tree, long pea-like pod persists into winter

Clethra alnifolia, summersweet, Zones 4-9—shrub, seed capsules persist through winter

Gardenia jasminoides, gardenia, Zones 7b-10--shrub, intriguingly decorative orange seed capsules produced in autumn that persist into winter.

Gardenia jasminoides seed capsuleGardenia jasminoides seed capsule

Hydrangea macrophylla, bigleaf hydrangea, Zones 6-9—shrub, flowerheads of the mophead and lacecap varieties often dry on the plant and be left for winter effect and cut off in late winter or early spring as new growth appears. Be careful how you prune so as not to remove buds for new blooms.

Hypericum prolificum, shrubby St. John’s wort, Zones 4-8—shrub, dried seed capsules persist through winter.

Kalmia latifolia, mountain laurel, Zones 4-9—shrub.

Lagerstroemia indica, crape myrtle, Zones 7-9, shrub or small tree, dried capsules persist through winter. Prune off in late winter before new growth begins.

Oxydendrum arboreum, sourwood, Zones 5-9—tree, fingerlike panicles of dried capsules linger after blooming looking almost like the tree is still in flower.

Oxydendrum arboreumOxydendrum arboreum

Pieris japonica, Japanese pieris, Zones 5-7—shrub, bell-shaped flowers in panicles become dried capsules that linger

Platycarya strobilacea, Zones 6-8. I was struck by this unusual hickory relative during a visit to the Sarah P. Duke Garden in Durham, N.C. The dark cone-like seed capsules stood erect and contrasted boldly with the compound leaves. Very eye-catching.

Platycarya strobilaceaPlatycarya strobilacea

Stewartia monadelpha, tall stewartia, Zones 6-8. I love the beautiful bark of this tree, but it also produces little 5-part nut-like seed capsules in the autumn.

Stewartia monadelphaStewartia monadelpha

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