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McKay's Top 14 Fall Color Plants

9/14/2018 12:01 PM

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McKay Staff

in Plants & Flowers


1. Autumn Jazz Viburnum - Fall color includes a mix of yellow, orange, and red, as well as having clusters of blue-black fruit until October.

2. Autumn Brilliance (Cole’s Select) Serviceberry - Excellent glossy blue-green leaves turn a very characteristic and consistant brilliant red-orange in fall.

3. Cleveland Select Pear – Foliage turns brilliant red and purple, with some yellow in the inside in late fall - one of the last trees to put on its show.

4. Sumac Tiger Eyes – A beautiful plant. It’s bright chartreuse leaflets change all season long to yellow and fiery orangey-red contrasting the pink stems.

5. Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus Compacta)  – One of the best shrubs for fall color. In the sun, this plant turns an excellent long lasting rose-red throughout the fall season.

6. Maple Trees are well known for making a big statement in the fall. These trees offer gorgeous red, orange or yellow fall season leaves. A few of our favorite varieties include Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple (classic red-orange), Autumn Fantasy Maple (fire engine on the top of the leaf, and soft pink on the undersides of the leaves for quite a show), Burgundy Belle Maple (brilliant red aging and intensifying to a beautiful burgundy), and Autumn Blaze Maple (the classic red that you see everywhere).

7. Northern Red Oak – Rich foliage turns a glossy bronze-red in the fall.

8. Bloodgood Japanese Maple - Fall color is a rich, scarlet red to compliment it's red-colored bark that adds winter interest as well.

9. Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla) – Bronze-green foliage turns reddish in fall.

10. Birchleaf Spirea – The fall brings a myriad of color showing red, orange and purple for an outstanding display.

11. Northsky Blueberry – Not only are these great plants for their fruit, but their green leaves turn a marvelous red in the fall, making it a great ornamental plant to use in your landscape.

12. Flame Grass - The dark green leaves change to a bright red-orange in fall, and eventually fade to a silken white in winter. The feathery white seed heads appear in August and are showy and persist throughout the winter months – a fun addition to the winter landscape.

13. Autumn Gold Ginkgo - Leaves turn a uniform golden yellow in autumn, which makes for a spectacular view when back-lit by early morning or late afternoon sun.

14. Black Chokeberry – In addition to the many amazing health benefits of the fruit - aronia berries (new antioxidant super fruit), this is an excellent landscape shrub with multi-season interest. The dark, glossy leaves turn purple, orange and dazzling red in fall.

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cathy waldhauser

posted on 9/18/2018 7:56 AM
Hard to choose, but northern red oak.
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