Trees for Fall Color

Trees provide shade and fall color to our landscape and fall is a great time to plant.

We encourage fall planting and gardeners who do plant in fall, will find their trees establish well over the milder months of winter and emerge in Spring larger and well rooted.

Here are a few trees known to provide great fall color in our climate:

Chinese Pistache
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis
). Pistache trees are known for their show-stopping autumn foliage. The colors range from a deep purple, maroon, brilliant red, orange to yellow. Once established they do best with deep infrequent watering.
Japanese Maples
Japanese Maples
Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum). This large family has some spectacular entries in the fall color category. We have many varieties to select from including Fireglow, Shaina and Red Dragon. Japanese Maples grow well in morning sun to bright shade, depending on variety. They are an excellent choice for a large container on the patio or entryway.
Acer Rubrum
Acer Rubrum
Acer Rubrum ‘Red Sunset’ and others. These Maples can reach about 40 feet with a 25 to 30-foot spread. This tree is very well liked with an upright branching habit and brilliant red foliage in the fall. We have a number of similar Maples beginning to show color now, making it a perfect time to make a selection.
Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica). These colorful shrubs and trees enter spring with light green foliage tinged bronze-red in fall the foliage turns a bright yellow sometimes orange or rarely red. During the summer they are crowned with colorful crepe-like flowers available in a wide variety of colors. The “Muskogee” selection has incredible, reliable sunset fall leaf colors.