Crisp air in the morning, fallen leaves crunching under your shoes, bright pumpkins placed on porches—there's nothing like the fall season.
Best of all is the gorgeous flush of color that trees and shrubs present. If you're looking for ways to bring that autumn glow to your yard, you’re in the right place!
Read below to find the best shrubs and best trees for colorful fall foliage.
1. Autumn Blaze Maple Tree: This vibrant tree is a hybrid of the red and silver maple. It has a full, bushy shape and turns fiery red early in the fall season.
2. Fireglow Upright Red Japanese Maple: This compact tree has cascading branches and deep red fall leaves.
3. Coral Bark Japanese Maple: Plant this tree for an interesting change in color throughout the fall season. Early in fall, leaves turn golden yellow. Then, just before leaves drop for winter, they turn rosy red.
4. Red Rocket Crape Myrtle: This petite tree is known for its cherry red, crinkled flowers.
5. Shumard Oak Tree: The towering Shumard oak tree is pyramid-shaped. It’s among one of the first oak trees to show off brilliant red color in the fall season.
6. Black gum: This large tree goes by many names, including tupelo, black tupelo, and sour gum. No matter what you call it, one thing’s for sure: its scarlet red fall color is a beautiful sight to see.
1. Flame Amur Maple Shrub: This large shrub puts out great fall color with a vibrant mix of red and orange leaves.
2. Oakleaf Hydrangea: This shrub’s oak-shaped leaves turn purplish-red in fall and keep their color well into the winter season.
3. Fothergilla ‘Mt. Airy’: This small shrub trades in its white summertime flowers and green leaves for red-orange color in mid-fall.
4. Witch Hazel: This plant can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. It bursts into shades of bright yellow and cherry red in fall.
5. Viburnum: There are several types of viburnum shrubs, from arrowwood to leatherleaf viburnum. They come in a range of sizes, and the deciduous types turn one of many shades of red in the fall season.
6. Burning bush: Grown as a mid-size shrub or small tree, the burning bush is named for its fiery red fall leaves. It’s often used as a border or hedge plant.