As a native of north central Kentucky Kris Stone has years of experience with the common everyday challenges of maintaining a healthy landscape in the difficult climate of the Ohio Valley. Currently Kris resides in Northern Kentucky just outside of Burlington and is the Director of Boone County Arboretum.

Kris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, maintains certification as an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an active board member for the following organizations: KY Arborist Association, Northern KY Urban and Community Forestry Council, KY Exotic Pest Plant Council, Friends of Boone County Arboretum, and technical advisor to the Boone County Urban Forest Commission. Kris is passionate about his life long love of plants and enjoys spreading his knowledge and experience to the public he serves.

 

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Fall is for Fruit!!
by Kristopher Stone - posted 11/17/12

As the glowing fall foliage colors on our trees and shrubs quickly become a distant fading memory we must now depend on other means of color in the landscape. Colorful fruit is one way to keep our gardens interesting as winter approaches, and also provide much needed food for wildlife in the process.

In our region trees such as hawthorns and crabapples provide excellent fall fruit displays and can range from brilliant reds, oranges, and gold. An excellent selection, but rarely encountered selection of crabapple is 'Harvest Gold' (Malus x 'Harvest Gold').  This form boasts beautiful small golden fruit that will last well into December.  Small fruit also means less of a mess to cleanup if wildlife don't devour them all. 

 

 

 

Viking Black Chokeberry is a great, underused shrub for fall fruit interest. Blackish purple fruit are quite effective and dependable.  The selection 'Viking' was actually made for having exceptionally large, edible fruits that are used for juice, jams, jellies, and syrup. Thriving in low wet areas and drier locations equally well. Fall color is also usually a good brilliant red. Grows 3-6' tall and wide.  

 

No landscape is complete without having a couple deciduous holly plants.  In Kentucky you can't find a more colorful fruit producing shrub that can tolerate both wet and dry soils with little complaining. Various selections are available in many shades of red, orange, and yellow-gold.  Below we have 'Winter Red'(red fruit), and 'Afterglow' (orange), both are selections of Ilex verticillata. You will need one male plant tucked into a corner nearby to pollinate the female plants for good berry production, that would be the only drawback to an otherwise amazingly colorful shrub.

 

Remember, fall is for planting, and fall is for fruit!!  Now is the time to seek out plants for colorful fall fruit displays at your local garden centers. 

 

 

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