Top 5 trees for fall color

Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

As the cool breeze sets in, there is warmth and comfort that is felt as the trees transform around us. The leaves are painted in reds, oranges, and golds that can only be found in a gallery.

Add this fall color to your garden by simply planting one of these 5 trees and now is the best time to do it! Allowing your trees (and shrubs) to grow without the stress of the late spring and summer heat will guarantee that their root systems will be established enough to survive the winter. When the cold subsides, your trees will be matured enough to shine in your spring garden!

All of these awe-inspiring trees can all be found in-stock and on sale now at Patuxent Nursery in Bowie, MD.


maple trees have amazing fall color

1. Maples

October Glory and Autumn Blaze are excellent examples of Fall leaf color. Reds, yellows, oranges, and greens are a highlight of these trees.

Mature maples can grow taller than 50 feet, although there are some that can grow up to 100!

Most Maples thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9, although there are some cold hardy maples that can survive to zone 3.

kousa dogwood trees in the fall

2. Dogwoods

Dogwood trees truly have three-season interest. In the spring, they flower beautiful bright pink and white blossoms.

In the fall, their foliage turns a red deep enough to shame the rose. Whatever time of the year you see them, they are sure to impress.

gingko tree leaves have bright golden fall colors

3. Gingkos

The wonderful, golden-yellow fall color of the Gingko tree has made these some of the most popular trees for fall interest. They make great street or specimen trees as their fall color is unmatched.

They can grow up to 50 feet and thrive in zones 4 through 9.

oak trees have bright golden fall colors

4. Oaks

Offering maroon, burgundy, and brown foliage in the fall, Oaks is a great shade tree, as well as a wonderful wildlife tree.

A classic American tree, these specimen trees flourish when planted in their native hardiness zones of 3 through 8.

fall colors of the crape myrtle

5. Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles are known for their luscious flowers of purple, pink, red, and white. However, they are lesser-known for their equally amazing fall foliage hues of yellows, reds, and purples.

This versatile tree provides all-season interest with beautiful eye-catching cinnamon bark that is a welcome contrast to the barren winter.

Although these are famously southern trees, there are some new cultivars that can be hardy to zone 3.

All of these trees, and more, are in-stock now at Patuxent Nursery. Stop by today!