What's in Bloom

December Blooms

A visit to Mainau Island is an unforgettable experience at any time of year. Here you will find a selection of flowers, trees and shrubs that you can discover during a walk in December:

The reddish brown color and peeling bark are typical for the paperbark maple (Acer griseum), which can be seen in the Arboretum (Tree Collection) [25].

Mahonia species show off their yellow flowers and nicely colored leaves in the flowerbeds on the shore of Lake Constance.

Ornamental grasses are both majestic and delicate and enrich the Shrub Garden [44] as well as the Roof Garden [48].

In winter, all wild and shrub roses are decorated with bright red rose hips.

The crab apple ‘Red Sentinel’ with its cherry-like deep red fruits can be found on the Roof Garden [48].

The Japanese cedar or Japanese redwood (Cryptomerica japonica) is an elegant, evergreen plant growing in the Arboretum (Tree Collection) [25]. Currently, its most stunning feature are the brown, spherical cones.

The entwined branches of the southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) are real eye-catchers in the wintry Arboretum (Tree Collection) [25].

Various viburnum shrubs flower beautifully in winter when little else is in flower.

Look for the bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) with its orange and purple crane-shaped flowers while visiting our Palm House [32].

When it gets cold and uncomfortable outside, the Butterfly House [19] invites you to warm up and enjoy the exotic plants, for example the flamingo flower (Anthurium)…

…or the lollipop plant (Pachystachys lutea), also known as golden shrimp plant.

The Brazilian red-cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys) with its pink flower color attracts attention as well.


The flowering periods mentioned above only provide approximate information.
They depend on the temperature and the precipitation and can therefor vary. The pictures shown here are based on the flowering periods of the past year. You are welcome to inquire about what’s in bloom before your visit to Mainau: info@mainau.de


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