Unlocking the Magic of January: The Best Trees for Winter Planting


As the frost-kissed landscapes of January unfold, the dormant season provides a unique window for gardeners and horticulturists to transform their green spaces. Among our vast range of exceptional trees, several stand out as prime candidates for January planting. These varieties bring ornamental beauty and fruitful rewards. Let’s take a look at a selection of the best trees for winter planting.

Ornamental Trees:

Ornamental trees can make a wonderful addition to any garden or green space. With so many beautiful varieties, shapes, sizes and colours it can be easy to be overwhelmed. Here are some of the best trees for winter planting.

Betula Snow Queen (Birch)

Elegance Unveiled: Betula Snow Queen graces winter with its stunning white bark, providing year-round visual interest. Planting in January ensures a head start for this deciduous beauty, allowing it to establish strong roots before the vibrant burst of spring growth.

Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan or Mountain Ash)

Winter Berries Delight: The Sorbus aucuparia, with its clusters of vibrant berries, adds a touch of colour to winter landscapes. January planting kickstarts its growth cycle, ensuring a robust and picturesque display of berries and foliage come autumn.

Prunus Starlight (Cherry)

Celestial Blooms: Prunus Starlight graces the winter garden with delicate, star-like blossoms. Plant in January, to set the stage for a breathtaking spring spectacle as this ornamental cherry showcases ethereal blooms against the winter sky.

Magnolia Black Tulip

Majestic Magnolia: January is the opportune moment to introduce Magnolia Black Tulip to your garden. This deciduous magnolia boasts deep, burgundy-hued flowers that unfurl like exquisite tulips. Winter planting ensures a well-established root system for a spectacular spring show.

Malus Golden Hornet (Crab Apple)

Golden Elegance: The Malus Golden Hornet, adorned with golden-yellow fruits, adds a touch of winter luxury. Planting in January allows for optimal root development, ensuring a hardy and resilient crab apple tree that enhances the garden’s aesthetic year-round.

Fruit Trees:

Fruit trees make a wonderful addition to any garden or green space offering sweet juicy fruits to be eaten eaten or preserved. There are 1,000s of options to choose from. Here are a few that our tree experts recommend planting soon.

Apple Scrumptious

Winter Harvest Dreams: January planting sets the stage for a future harvest of delicious apples. Apple Scrumptious, with its sweet and juicy fruits, benefits from winter establishment, ensuring a productive and healthy apple tree for seasons to come.

Apple Christmas Pippin

Festive Flavours: Planting the Apple Christmas Pippin in January promises a flavourful future. This more modern variety, with its aromatic and crisp apples, thrives when given the winter months to establish robust roots for bountiful harvests.

Plum Toptaste

Plum Perfection: Plum Toptaste, renowned for its delectably sweet plums, finds its footing best when planted in January. The winter dormancy allows the tree to focus on root development, ensuring a strong foundation for years of plum abundance.

Cherry Stardust

Cherry Blossom Elegance: Cherry Stardust, with its delightful pink blossoms and sweet cherries, benefits from a January planting. This ensures the tree’s readiness to dazzle with its spring blooms and bear delicious fruits in the coming years.

Quince Serbian Gold

Golden Harvests Await: January is the opportune time to plant Quince Serbian Gold, a tree prized for its golden-yellow fruits. By establishing roots during winter, this quince variety ensures a flourishing tree, ready to yield a golden harvest in the future.

All of the trees in this article are available both at our tree shop and on our online store! Simply click the name of the plant to be taken to the page or click here to browse our full range.

The decision to plant these ornamental and fruit trees in January is a strategic investment in the future beauty and productivity of your landscape. As nature slumbers, these carefully selected trees take root, preparing to unveil their enchanting blossoms and bountiful harvests in the seasons to come. Horticulturists and enthusiasts alike can embark on this winter planting journey, fostering resilient and thriving green spaces that evolve with the rhythm of nature.

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