Bringing Fall Color to Your Yard.

The Fall season is all about being outdoors in the crisp cool air and enjoying the beautiful change of scenery before the onset of Winter. If you would like to introduce a nice pallette of color for next year’s Fall flush, look to Sunset Magazines recommendations for trees that burst with beauty. Just remember that we live in various climate zones when it comes time to decide on the proper trees for your garden (Washington, DC area residents should look at climate zones 6 and 7). Here are a few that top the list:

Pin Oak Leaf.

Pin Oak Leaf.

Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis): A garden-scale tree with a rounded canopy; narrow leaflets give it a lacy appearance. In fall, foliage turns luminous shades of orange and red to gold. Climate zones 4-16, 18-23.

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum): The most airy and delicate of all maples. Varieties with colorful leaves include ‘Atropurpureum’ (bronzy green); ‘Bloodgood’ (scarlet); ‘Bonfire’ (orange-pink); ‘Ever Red’ (crimson). Zones A3, 2-10, 12, 14-24.

Liquidambar: Maple-like leaves give this stout-trunked tree a lacy effect. Fall color varies by variety. L. styraciflua ‘Palo Alto’ has orange-red to bright red leaves. L. styraciflua‘Festival’ turns yellow, peach, pink, orange, and red. Zones 3-9, 14-24.

Maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba): A graceful tree with fan-shaped leaves that turn buttery yellow in fall; they drop all at once to create a golden carpet on lawns or paving. Zones A3, 1-10, 12, 14-24.

Pin oak (Quercus palustris): An open, rounded tree. In brisk fall weather, the glossy leaves turn yellow, red, and finally russet brown. Zones 2-10, 14-24.

Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki): In fall, leaves turn vivid yellow, orange, or red; after they drop, brilliant orange fruits hang on well into winter. Best in zones 6-9, 14-16, 18-24, H1.

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