10 Shrubs for Fall Berries

Fall color in the garden is no doubt stunning, but changing foliage color isn’t the only way to get fall interest in your garden. Fall berries give you a pop of color and add a new texture to your fall space. Berries are also beneficial to wildlife, namely birds, who will happily gobble them up.  

There are a number of shrubs that produce berries in the fall, but we’re gonna take a look at 10 big ones. But first, let’s dive into what it means for a shrub to need a pollinator in order to produce fruit.

What does it mean for a berry-producing shrub to need a pollinator?

Some berry-producing shrubs need a pollinator in order to bear fruit. There are dioecious shrubs that bear male and female flowers on separate plants, and only the female shrub gets berries. In this case, one male plant can pollinate up to five female plants. There are also shrubs, namely viburnums, that just need a different variety of the same species for berries to set, and in this instance, both plants get berries. In both cases, the compatible pollinator plant should be planted within 50 feet of the other plant; this is because 50 feet is the distance you can reasonably count on a pollinating insect flying during foraging trips. There are also shrubs that are self-fruitful and don’t need a pollinator to produce berries.

10 Shrubs for Fall Berries

1. Beautyberry

Callicarpa x

Beautyberries really live up to their name, as dazzling purple berries cover their branches in late summer/early fall. Pearl Glam® Beautyberry gives the added interest of dark purple foliage from spring to frost. Pearl Glam® doesn’t require a pollinator to produce berries as it is self-fruitful.

Close up of the purple berries on Pearl Glam beautyberry
  • USDA Zones 5-8
  • 4-5′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide

2. Coral Berry

Symphoricarpos sp.

Coral berry is a native shrub known for its densely packed clusters of berries. Proud Berry® coral berry sports blue-green leaves all season, and then clusters of bright pink berries replace its bell-shaped flowers in late summer/fall. A pollinator is not needed for Proud Berry® to produce its big pink berries.

Close up of the big pink berries on Proud Berry Coral berry
  • USDA Zones 3-7
  • 3-4′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide

3. Pyracomeles


Pyracomeles is a great, easy-to-grow shrub with tiny evergreen foliage. Berry Box® has the added appeal of pea-sized orange-red berries. Berry Box® doesn’t require a pollinator plant to produce an abundance of berries.

  • USDA Zones 6b-9
  • 2-3.5′ Tall
  • 2-3′ Wide

4. Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry hollies are native shrubs that are most known for their winter display of bright berries, but the berry show actually starts in fall. Berry Poppins® and Berry Heavy® boast vibrant red berries, and Berry Heavy® Gold produces bright gold berries. All three of these female winterberry hollies require our male variety, Mr. Poppins®, to produce berries.

  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 3-4′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 6-8′ Tall
  • 6-8′ Wide
Berry Heavy Gold Winterberry Holly with an abundance of gold berries
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 6-8′ Tall
  • 6-8′ Wide

5. Arrowwood Viburnum

Viburnum dentatum

Another native shrub, arrowwood viburnum, sports snowy white blooms in spring and blue berries in late summer/fall. Plant Blue Muffin® near another arrowwood viburnum for berries. Glitters & Glows® doesn’t require another variety to ensure pollination as it combines All That Glitters® and All That Glows® viburnum in one pot. Unfortunately, Glitters & Glows viburnum blooms at a different time than Blue Muffin so they are not a compatible pollinator. To get berries on Blue Muffin viburnum, we recommend Chicago Lustre viburnum (please note, this is not a Proven Winners variety).

  • USDA Zones 5-9
  • 5-7′ Tall
  • 5-7′ Wide
  • USDA Zones 4-8
  • 4-5′ Tall
  • 4-5′ Wide

6. Witherod Viburnum

Viburnum nudum

Witherod viburnum is a native shrub that produces white, red/pink, then blue berries along with red foliage in fall. Like other viburnums, witherod viburnum typically requires another variety to fruit, but Brandywine™ fruits well without a pollinator. It also functions as a pollinator for the classic variety ‘Winterthur’.

Close up of the multi-colored berries of Brandywine Viburnum
  • USDA Zones 5-9
  • 5-6′ Tall
  • 5-6′ Wide

7. Aronia

Aronia melanocarpa

Aronia, also known as black chokeberry, is a cold-hardy shrub native to Eastern North America. With its striking red/burgundy fall foliage and dark blue/black berries, Aronia is a stunner in any fall garden. Low Scape Snowfire®, Ground Hug®, and Low Scape Mound® each offer three seasons of interest in a durable package, and like other aronia, they don’t need a pollinator to produce berries. 

Close up of the black berries on Low Scape Snowfire Aronia
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 3-4′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide
Close up of the berries on Ground Hug Aronia
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 8-14″ Tall
  • 3′ Wide
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • 1-2′ Tall
  • 1.5-2′ Wide

8. Juniper

Juniperus chinensis

Juniper is a durable evergreen tree or shrub, and many varieties have blue-green berry-like fruits in fall. Gin Fizz® has a handsome conical habit that is dotted with sage green and blue berries. Gin Fizz® doesn’t require a pollinator to produce berries. 

Gin Fizz Juniper covered with berries in the landscape
  • USDA Zones 4-8
  • 10-18′ Tall
  • 7-10′ Wide

9. Blue Holly

Ilex x meserveae

Blue holly is a hardy, broadleaf evergreen that produces vibrant red berries in the fall. Castle Keep® and Castle Spire® are both female varieties and will set fruit when planted near our male variety, Castle Wall® blue holly

Close up of the red berries on Castle Keep Blue Holly
  • USDA Zones 5-8
  • 3-5′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide
  • USDA Zones 5-7
  • 6-10′ Tall
  • 3-4′ Wide

10. Elderberry


Elderberries are typically known for their flowers and foliage, but the fall berries that replace the summer flowers add even more interest to this stunning shrub. Laced Up® and Black Lace® elderberries have pink flowers that turn to black berries, and Lemony Lace® elderberry has white flowers that turn to vibrant red berries. Two different elderberry varieties are needed for both plants to set fruit. 

  • USDA Zones 4-7
  • 6-8′ Tall
  • 3-8′ Wide
Laced Up Elderberry in a landscape
  • USDA Zones 4-7
  • 6-10′ Tall
  • 3-5′ Wide
Close up of the red berries of Lemony Lace Elderberry
  • USDA Zones 4-7
  • 4-7′ Tall
  • 4-7′ Wide

Not sure where to start with your fall garden? Check out this Fall Plant Combos blog for some more inspiration. 

Written by
Samantha Huisman

Samantha Huisman

I am still pretty new to gardening, and I am eager to learn more as I grow my USDA Zone 5b garden. I have and will continue to fill my space with anything that attracts the bees and the butterflies. As I learn and grow in the gardening world, I am excited to share inspiration and tips that may help or inspire you on your gardening journey.


11 Responses

  1. I’m always surprised to see the beautiful berries in the fall. I have several bushes but it’s not nearly enough.

  2. I loved all 10 scrubs that were texted to me today as I’ve been looking for a very long time I really loved the Berry Box I just don’t know how many scrubs I’ll need to buy

    1. The quantity of shrubs you’ll need for a visual impact depends entirely on your garden aesthetic and size. Usually a group of three is a good place to start if you’ve got space!

  3. I have free range chickens can you add which of the berries might be poisonous to chickens or other wildlife you might eat the berries to the information provided? I.

    1. While all the shrubs mentioned in the blog do provide a food source for wildlife, it can be different for chickens. Many chickens tend to avoid toxic plants naturally, but similar to pets, it’s best to deter chickens from eating anything that is an ornamental plant. When looking into the toxicity of any plants, we recommend searching the plant’s scientific name and using “site:.edu” at the end of your search to ensure you get trustworthy results.

      You can also check out our 6 Chicken Friendly Shrubs blog and our 12 Tips to Help Chicken Proof Your Garden blog for more information and inspiration on gardening with chickens.

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