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Fall shrubs for color

by Denise Sanger on August 25, 2020

Fall.  Not only the pumpkins spice time of year. It's also Mother Nature's sunset color spotlight.  The same gorgeous colors found on the beach during a brilliant sunset can also be found when leaves turn color on beautiful maple trees, oak trees and more.

Traveling through any mountains beginning in September and October, you will see rolling hills full of beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows. Why not bring those same gorgeous colors to your yard?  

These trees and shrubs will add the color beach sunsets are made of:

Brandywine Maple Tree

Brandywine Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum, commonly called red maple) Medium-sized, stunning deciduous tree that is native to Eastern North America from Quebec to Minnesota south to Florida and eastern Texas. It typically grows 40-60' tall with a rounded to oval crown. It grows faster than Norway and sugar maples, but slower than silver maple.

Brandywine Maple Tree

Black Gum Tree

Black Gum Tree, Black Tupelo, Sourgum, Nyssa Sylvatica, is called one of the best and most consistent native trees for fall color.
Displaying various hues of yellow, orange, bright red, and purple—often on the same branch—its foliage is a stand-out of the autumn season. Even the distinctive bark, which resembles alligator hide, adds visual and textural interest.

American Witch Hazel Tree

Witch Hazel Bloom: Yellow, fragrant flowers bloom from October through December. Attractive foliage in all growing seasons with leaves bright green in spring followed by yellow to yellowish-orange colors in fall.

October Glory Maple Tree

And finally one of our most popular fall trees is the October Glory Maple Tree.  This ever-popular maple should be considered as a beautiful shade tree addition to any yard. Glistening dark green leaves in spring, summer turn radiant red late fall and last several weeks. Tiny, conspicuous red flowers bloom in spring. Showy red fruit attracts many birds and other wildlife.