October 8, 2017
9 Showy Shrubs & Trees with Fabulous Fall Color for Your Garden
Before we retreat into our homes for the cold months coming ahead, let’s savor the vibrant bursts of fall color from the foliage of several shrubs and trees known for putting on a brilliant autumn show. Some of the same plants that provide us with spectacular spring flowers also pack a punch of fall color. For others, the fall season is truly their time to stand out.
The best landscapes should include something of interest in each season of the year.
If your yard lacks some color in the fall, then this dazzling list of trees and shrubs is sure to include some for you, with either stunning leaf color or vibrant berries to jazz up a late season garden.
Shrubs with Fabulous Fall Color
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea) This native shrub puts on a fall color show–leaves of red, orange, and gold–persisting into the winter. The Sweetspire’s arching branches are covered with draping, fragrant white flowers in spring.
Viburnum Avid gardeners are often big fans of this diversified group of shrubs because there is a viburnum to suit every garden need. There are several varieties that provide fabulous fall color and berries in red, yellow, blue or black.
Ninebark (Physocarpus) The fall colors of this deciduous, 6-10 foot shrub range from burgundy purple, to purple red. As an added bonus it is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and adaptable to many soil conditions.
Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) With its fiery, fluorescent, crimson color, this shrub makes you take notice. Reaching 8 feet, it is often used as a shrub hedge, accent plant, or in mass plantings.
Trees with Fabulous Fall Color
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) This varied group of small ornamental trees provide stunning fall color. Green types will turn yellow, orange, bronze or purple, while the red leafed maples intensify to a brilliant red.
Dogwood (Cornus) Another showy spring bloomer with beautiful white flowers, the dogwood’s leaves turn red, yellow or purple for a colorful fall accent. Red fruit clusters provide an additional burst of color.
October Glory Maple (Acer Rubrum ‘October Glory’) This maple is prized for its stunning orange/red leaf color in late autumn. At maturity it reaches 40 feet and is a beautiful shade tree with dark green leaves.
October Glory Maple
Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) The Persian Ironwood is a lesser-known specimen. It has leaves of yellow, orange, and red in autumn. The exfoliating bark is jaw dropping, and peels to reveal green, white and tan patches.
Chanticleer Pear (Pyrus calleryana) This upright, pyramidal, ornamental pear turns a deep reddish purple in fall. Its spring flowers are abundant white clusters. It is drought and heat tolerant and less prone to branch breakage than other pear trees.
Original Article from Picket Fences Fall 2016, page 29.
Kathy Evans | Greenhouse Design & Sales