Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fall Color - Brilliant Trees

 Radiant Red Maples
after a rain.
Brilliant Red Maples
are one of the
most celebrated
fall foliage trees.


Some of the best Red Maple cultivars for fall foliage are:
Acer rubrum
'Franksred' Red Sunset
Acer rubrum 'October Glory'


Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
has pretty fall foliage
with the added interest of
peeling cinnamon colored bark.

 While red maples get all the attention,
the golden leaves of our old Black Maple were
like a bright ball of sunshine this fall.

 Ash (Fraxinus) have pretty yellow fall foliage. 
The bad news is that the emerald Ash Borer is devastating the Ash population.

 Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), desirable for its spring flowers,
also has wonderful fall color.
Bradford Pear has long been a favorite, but is susceptible to storm damage.
Chanticleer Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer') is a stronger cultivar.
Sweetgum (Liquidamber styraciflua) is another fall favorite.
Choose the cultivar 'Rotundiloba' to avoid those pesky gum balls.
Even a weeping cherry gets in on the act.
Maidenhair Tree (Ginko biloba) turns a 
stunning yellow in the fall.
While its habit can be quite variable,
leaves outlining its branches lend a sculptural look.
Generally, only male cultivars are sold in the trade since the
fruit of female trees in undesirable.


Last, but not least, the beloved Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
puts on its autumn show. 

  This Threadleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum)
shimmers in autumn light.

For other fall performers see
Fall Shrub Color and Fall Fruit.

To see even more fall color, see
The Fall Color Project 
at The Home Garden.



Anonymous said...

Gorgeous trees and fall color. Our color is almost all gone. What a display you have.

Anonymous said...

You really highlight a wide selection of trees--what a great post. Carolyn

fer said...

Amazing! I hope my maple gets that color some day
Great post, really beautiful!

p3chandan said...

Such beautiful and vibrant fall colours.Great photos!

Cat said...

Wow, Chris! Now that is some fall color. That is exactly the reason I titled my foliage post subdued! I enjoyed your post. Have a great weekend.

Dave said...

Very nice! I'm a huge fan of ginkgos for their fall color and those Japanese maples you have are awesome! I'll add you into today's post ASAP!

Chris said...

The show is fast disappearing here, too. But even as I drove around today, there are still some gorgeous trees.
I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks for letting me know you were here!
Maples really are beautiful. We have a small Japanese Maple that needs to grow, too.
Glad you enjoyed them! I appreciate your visit.
Whimsical Gardnener-
Perhaps it's because I'm taking photos for the blog, but the colors seem more vivid than ever in central Pennsylvania this year.
Thanks so much for including me in spite of my last minute posting! The Japanese Maples aren't mine - they're great examples, are they not?

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

Stunning maples! I enjoyed the burst of fiery fall colour, it is all pretty much over in my garden now.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I don't know how people can live in the areas without these autumn colors. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Beautiful images. I have yet to visit a temperate country in is No. 1 in my wish list now!

Jan said...

Your photos are stunning, Chris! So vibrant! I have seen a few red maples this fall that have taken my breath away. They almost don't look real...they are so brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Dear Chris, What a cornucopia of autumnal delight you present your readers with here. Your photographs are beautiful and really capture the brilliance of the leaf colour that these trees give. Surely, a tree for every situation here so no-one need miss out!!

And, thank you so much for making my weblog a 'Favourite'. I am thrilled and so pleased that we have found each other in the labyrinth of Blotanical. I look forward to our continuing dialogue in future postings.

Chris said...

Plantaliscious- I'm glad you enjoyed the colors! They are fast disappearing here, too - I'm glad I got them in photos.

Tatyana- I'm thankful for the colors of fall, too.

Rosie- I hope you visit to see our fall colors sometime!

Jan- I thought the Maples were more billiant than ever this year.

Edith- Glad to do it. I'm enjoying discovering new interesting blogs!

Ginny said...

The fall color on these trees truly is brilliant! Our flowering dogwoods and maples have been amazing this year. The Bradford pear is just beginning to turn.

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