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Another favorite is the paper birch tree. There are many
cultivars that can provide a variety of leaf color and texture, but
the mature bark of this tree is made of thin, creamy white sheets
that flake off over time. Older trees have dark brown or black
horizontal marks on the bark and sometimes have black scarring. Children are particularly fascinated with paper bark birch
trees and love to examine the thin sheets of bark that come off
the trunk.

Tried and True: The Evergreens
The evergreen tree is the ubiquitous image of the winter
landscape. There are thousands of varieties of evergreen trees
and shrubs, ranging in size from tiny to epic. One unique variety is the Weeping Serpentine Blue Atlas Cedar. This specimen
tree has baby blue needles that grow in a starburst pattern along
dramatic weeping branches. The Serpentine varieties have been
trained upright into a continual "S" curve shape with branches
that drape to the ground with striking powder-blue foliage.
With the right plants, the winter landscape can come alive
with color and texture.

Almost Evergreen
These plants are semi-evergreen, which means they keep
their color through the winter unless conditions become exceptionally unpleasant. Extreme cold or harsh winds could cause a
semi-evergreen plant to brown or lose leaves, but in most cases,
they add color and life to the winter landscape.
The Golden Hinoki Cypress is a golden needle, semi-evergreen shrub that comes in multiple varieties in a myriad of sizes.
Some of the larger varieties can grow as large as 10-15 feet tall,
while the smaller varieties may only grow 1-3 feet tall. No matter what the size, the golden hinoki is a slow growing plant, with
dense, soft, compact needles that grow in a wavy fan shape.
The Firepower Nandina is an unusual semi-evergreen. Its
compact form is topped with wispy, long leaves in red, yellow
and green. A dwarf variety, the firepower nandina may grow 1-3
feet tall and wide.

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