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Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color

Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color

Enjoy an Autumnal Landscape in your garden

Embrace the beauty of autumn in your garden with foliage that turns vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red. When introducing these plants into your landscape, maximize their beauty by placing them next to other plants with foliage in contrasting colors and textures. Create groupings in odd numbers for the most pleasing visual impact, and accent warm tones of foliage with fall-blooming perennials and annuals in complementary hues.

Low Shrubs 2' to 3' for Fall Color

Low-growing accents are a wonderful way to frame focal points in the garden like ornamental trees, larger shrubs, statuary, or fountains. These varieties offer brilliant color each year, that will really shine in your autumnal landscape by tying together all the warm tones of the season.

  • Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope'
  • Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' (Golden Breath of Heaven)
  • Muhlenbergia *available spring through fall
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Abelia x grandiflora 'Kaleidescope'

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Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold' (Golden Breath of Heaven)

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Muhlenbergia 'Pink Muhlygrass' *available spring through fall

Tall Shrubs 5' to 10'+ for Fall Color

These evergreen shrubs naturally showcase fall tones throughout the year, or transform as weather cools. Create a cohesive garden by coordinating foliage and flower colors in repeating clusters. Sasanqua Camellia will come into bloom from late fall to early spring, followed by Camellia japonica which bloom in winter through late spring. Choose white blooms for a vibrant pop among orangey leaves of neighboring plants, or use red flowers to create a flowing color theme in your fall garden.

  • Dodonea viscosa 'Purpurea' (Purple Hopseed Bush)

  • Camellia japonica species

  • Camellia sasanqua species

  • Coprosma species (Mirror Plant)

  • Cotinus species (Smoke Bush) *available early spring through fall

  • Hydrangea species *available spring through fall
  • Miscanthus species (Silvergrass) *available spring through fall
  • Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)
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Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’ (Purple Hopseed Bush)

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Camellia japonica species (pictured here 'Kraemers Supreme')

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Camellia sasanqua species (pictured here 'Yultide')

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Coprosma species (Mirror Plant)

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Cotinus species (Smoke Bush) *available early spring through fall

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Hydrangea species *available spring through fall (pictured here 'Oakleaf Hydrangea'

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Miscanthus species (Silvergrass) *available spring through fall

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Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo)

Trees for Fall Color

The most impressive fall displays occur on deciduous trees that begin changing colors as temperatures drop throughout fall, eventually revealing a bare branch structure. Plant deciduous trees near evergreens so that your garden maintains winter interest; many of these trees were selected for gorgeous fall foliage in California as well as beautiful bark.

  • Acer palmatum species (Japanese Maple)

  • Betula alba (White Birch)

  • Cercis 'Forest Pansy' (Redbud)

  • Ginkgo (Maidenhair Tree)

  • Lagerstroemeia indica (Crape Myrtle)

  • Liquidambar rotundiloba (Sweet Gum)
  • Magnolia x soulangeana (Chinese Magnolia)
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Acer palmatum species (Japanese Maple)

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Betula alba (White Birch)

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Cercis 'Forest Pansy' (Redbud)

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Ginkgo (Maidenhair Tree)

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Lagerstroemeia indica (Crape Myrtle)

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Liquidambar rotundiloba (Sweet Gum)

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Magnolia x soulangeana (Chinese Magnolia)

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