Trees with colorful autumn foliage are at their best from mid-to-late autumn. Make the most of trees with colorful autumn foliage by planting them where they can be seen from windows in your house or along well-traveled paths or drives.
Autumn leaves will be especially brilliant after a hot summer, but after a mild summer, they may not last as long. To ensure the brightest and longest autumn color, begin restricting water to any plant that starts to develop color after the end of summer, but do not let plants dry out completely. Trees that color in late autumn still need some water in early autumn.
Here’s a list of tree that provide plenty of autumn color:
Tree With Autumn Color
A-C Common Name Botanical Name Zone Ash, Green Fraxinus pennsylvanica 3-9 Beech, American Fragus grandifolia 3-9 Birch, European white Betula pendula 2-7 Birch, Paper Betula, papyifera 2-5 Birch, Whitespire Betula platphylla ‘Whitespire’ 4-7 Cherry, Kwanzan Prunus serrulate ‘Kwanzan’ 5-8 Cherry, Sargent Prunus sargentii 4-7 Cherry, Weeping Higan Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’ 4-8 Chokeberry, Amur Prunus maackii 2-6 Crabapple Malus spp. 4-8 Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica 7-9
Ginkgo trees in autumn
D-L Common Name Botanical Name Zone Dogwood, Flowering Cornus florida 5-9 Dogwood, Kousa Cornus kousa 5-8 Elm, Chinese Ulmus parvifolia 5-9 Ginkgo Ginko biloba 3-9 Hawthorn, Cockspur Crataegus crus-galli ‘Inemis’ 4-7 Hawthorn, Washington Crataegus phaenopyrum 3-9 Honeylocust, Thornless Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 3-8 Hornbeam, American Carpinus caroliniana 3-9 Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum 4-8 Linden, Littleleaf Tilia cordata 3-7
Sugar Maple in autumn
M Common Name Botanical Name Zone Maple, Amur Acer tataricum ginnala 2-6 Maple, Japanese Acer palmatum 5-8 Maple, Paperback Acer griseum 4-8 Maple, Red Acer, rubrum 3-9 Maple, Sugar Acer, saccharum 4-8 Maple, Trident Acer, buergerianum 4-8 Mayday Tree Prunus padus commutata 3-6 Mountain Ash, European Sorbus aucupario 4-7
Chinese Pistachio, Pistacia chinensis
0-R Common Name Botanical Name Zone Oak, Northern Red Quercus rubra 4-7 Oak, Pin Quercus palustris 4-8 Oak, Scarlet Quercus coccinea 4-9 Oak, Shumard Quercus shumardii 5-9 Oak, White Quercus, alba 4-9 Pear, Callery Pyrus calleryana 4-8 Pistachio, Chinese Pistacia chinensis 6-9 Possumhaw Ilex decidua 3-9 Quaking Aspen Populus termuloides 2-6 Redbud Cercis canadensis 3-9
Sweet Gum tree, Liquidamber, turns vibrant colors during autumn
S-Z Common Name Botanical Name Zone Serivicevberry, Downy Amelanchier arobrea 4-9 Serviceberry, Shadblow Amelanchier canadensis 3-8 Smoke Tree Cotinus coggyria 4-8 Snowbell, Japanese Styrax japonicum 5-8 Stewartia, Japanese Stewardia pseudocamellia 5-7 Sweet Gum Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Rotundiloba’ 5-9 Yellowwood Cladrastis lutea 6-8
Also of interest:
Trees in Garden Design
How to Plant a Tree