Depending on where you live, fall foliage may not be on your mind for a while. Here are some ideas for trees that will look great now and will continue to look great whenever the changing colors arrive. These trees can help boost your MCM curb appeal across the seasons.
The star-shaped leaves of the American sweetgum tree bears fall foliage particularly well. It’s able to grow in Zones 5-9, and so is a great candidate for adding a touch of deciduous fall foliage to your yard even in warmer states like California and Texas. See more information about the sweetgum tree here.
Japanese Red Maple
This delicate maple has red leaves throughout the year, bringing a touch of red to your yard beyond just the fall. Sometimes the red changes from a deep purplish shade to a brighter red and sometimes even green in the summer. It will still be red in the fall as well, and the samaras, the V-shaped winged seeds, are also red. Read more information here about growing Japanese red maples.
The ash has pinnate leaves (whereas the maple has palmate leaves), so if you are looking for a variety of palmate and pinnate, the ash tree can help!
Another tree with pinnate leaves, the linden tree’s fall foliage is also gold. The linden prefers more northern climates, but check to see if it might grow in your zone. In the summer, its wide canopy provides shade.
These are a popular choice for good reason–they grow in a variety of climates, add visual interest with their clustered leaves, and turn honeyed gold in the fall. The sunburst honey locust turns a particularly vivid yellow-green. For more on honey locust trees’ needs, read here.
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