Their are lots of ways you can still have color in your yard and landscape when summers over. Just because fall is upon us doesn’t mean you should give up on blooming plants and shrubs. There are a large number of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials to plant that will give your yard color. Here are some trees you can plant in your yard to give color.
There are so many different trees out there that have amazing color. They can have colors like greens, yellows, oranges, and reds in all different shades. Here are a few that we recommend for our area to plant and give some fall color.
Sugar Maples are green through spring and summer and turn yellow, orange and then red in the fall. They will grow to be 60 to 75 feet tall and will spread at maturity 40 to 50 feet. The growth rate on these tree are 1 to 2 feet a year. These trees will give you awesome color from yellow, burnt orange, to red. They will offer great shape which you will need to watch when you plant around it in your landscaping so it doesn’t block the plants that needs more sun.
Red Maples (Acer rubrum) gives a beautiful red color in the fall. They will grow 40 to 60 feet tall and spread to 40 feet at maturity. They grow 1 to 2 feet a year. They are great shade trees in the summer months. The only thing I would be cautious about is that they are poisons to horse only when the leaves have dried and they have to also ingest it to do harm.
Sourwoods (Oxydendrum arboretum) have a lot to offer they will flower in early spring which are very fragrant flowers. Have green leaves from spring and summer. When fall comes they will go from yellow to red and even can turn a dark purple in color. They will grow to be 25 to 30 feet tall and spread to about 20 wide in maturity. Their growth rate is about 1 to 2 feet a year. Bees love the nectar from the flowers that comes in the early spring for all you bee keepers out there.
Japanese Maples come in all different shapes and sizes. Their are so many variety, some that will get up to 40 to 50 feet tall and then their are some that are more ornamental and only get 3 to 5 feet. They will grow into awesome shapes to give you a different look in your yard. In the summer the leaf colors are either green or red ( which look more towards purple then red to me). In the fall they can take your breath way with colors from bight yellows, oranges, and reds.
Gingko (Ginkgo biloba) will give you a different look in the spring and summer. Their leaves are green and are in the shape of a fan very different from the look of the maples and sourwood. They will grow to be 25 to 50 feet tall and spread to 25 to 35 feet wide at maturity. They are green in spring and summer and then turn this awesome bright yellow in the fall there is nothing like the yellow it will turn its breath taking. They will grow 1 to 2 feet a year. Gingko’s will bare fruit that looks like a tan plum which can be a little messy. They can also give off an odor if you plant a female I recommend that you plant a male which dose not give off an odor.
Red/Yellow Dogwood can give you color in a way you may have not thought about. What’s cool with these trees is that they leaf out in the spring in summer. The leaves are green and look just like your ordinary Dogwood but in the fall and winter months they will loss all there leaves and the bark will turn bright red or bright yellow depending on if you have the Red Twig or Yellow Twig. The name gives it away as to what color it will turn. They stay much smaller then some of the other trees we have been talking about. The Red Twin will only get 9 feet tall and the Yellow Twig will only get to 7 feet tall. These are great plants to plant in areas in your landscaping to give color when everything else is looking a little dole. They are more shrub like looking.
These are just a few, of the many trees you can plant around your yard to give you color in the fall. Your yard should go through stages as the seasons change. You should keep in mind when planting that all plant bloom and change as the seasons change in different ways. You wont to keep your landscaping revolving with color all year round. Most people think that they can only have awesome color in the spring and summer which is not true.