9 Great Fall Color Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Back in 2020 we published an article listing 10 great trees for fall colors. Now that we’re coming up on the end of summer, we thought we’d list out 9 more great trees to enhance the color of your landscape this fall.

1. Autumn Blaze Maple
The Autumn Blaze maple has brilliant bright red fall color. It is one of the first trees to go into fall color and one of the longest to hold the fall color. The Autumn Blaze maple is fast-growing and is 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide at maturity.

2. Autumn Applause Ash
The Autumn Applause Ash is pyramidal when young and gradually develops an upright oval shape. It has reliable fall colors of marron, purple, and deep red.

3. October Glory Maple
The October Glory makes a substantial shade tree for any yard.  With its rounded canopy, and deep green leaves it is a great way to beat the summer heat. The green summer leaf turns to stunning shades of red and orange in the fall for a stunning accent landscape piece.

4. Red Pointe Maple
With its natural pyramidal shape, the Red Pointe Maple is wonderful statement tree for even small yards.  Not only is this a versatile tree, but the fiery red fall color is also showstopping.

5. Red Sunset Maple
The Red Sunset maple is one of the most reliable trees for fall color, turning a brilliant orange red to deep red in early fall.

6. Katsura
The Katsura is an excellent specimen tree.  I can be found in both single and multi-trunk varieties.  Both have beautiful heart shaped leaves that are chartreuse in the spring and darken to a true green for summer. In the fall the leaves turn a lovely shade of yellow that is a nice contrast to most other deciduous trees that are shades of red and orange.

7. Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)
The Persian Ironwood has an upright rounded form with wide spreading branches. The bark of the trunk gives this tree winter interest by exfoliating to reveal a mosaic of green, white, and brown.  The dark green foliage develops into an ombre effect of greens, reds, oranges, and yellows.  

8. Stewartia
The Stewartia is an award-winning small deciduous tree with year-round interest. In early to mid-summer small cup shaped delicate flowers accent this specimen tree.  The dark green foliage of summer changes to dazzling hues of red, orange, and burgundy.  The exfoliating bark peels to stripes of grey, orange, and reddish brown. This slow growing pyramidal tree would be a great addition to any landscape.

9. Acer Palmatum
Native to Japan, Korea, and China the Acer palmatum includes numerous varieties of deciduous shrubs and trees.  These trees have a graceful elegance with intricately cut leaves that have many variations of summer and fall color. The Japanese maple can have rounded to broad rounded crowns and typically grow to be 10-25ft.  Some have an upright form while others have a weeping habit.  Regardless of which one you choose you are bound to love the delicate ease of the branching and leaf patters and will be dazzled by the extraordinary brilliance of the fall color.

With so many beautiful trees it really is hard to choose the best. If we missed your favorite, write to us at info@bigtreesupply.com and tell us about it!

In the end the really great thing about autumn is the pure variety of trees around us. It makes for quite a show that mother nature rolls out every year. At Big Trees Inc. we couldn’t think of any better show around.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Big Trees Inc.
10928 Springhetti Rd
Snohomish, WA 98296