Autumn has arrived, and you might be noticing trees you never noticed before as they develop their fall color. From bright red to luminous orange, golden yellow to deep burgundy, fall color is one of the most spectacular occurrences of nature. This is a great time to shop for trees because they are showing their fall colors. Fall colors last only a few weeks, so don’t delay! Here are some of our favorites for our region:
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) trees are native to China, and famous for their showy orange-red fall color. They are related to the pistachio tree, but do not produce edible nuts. ‘Keith Davey’ is a male variety that stays 30-35’ high and wide, ideal for smaller properties, and has no seeds. Female trees can reseed into landscapes and native areas, so we recommend avoiding them.
The Maidenhair Tree or Ginkgo is a
living fossil, it has been around for millions of years. Its unique fan-shaped leaves are composed of almost parallel veins, giving them a leathery texture. It is slow-growing for a few years, then speeds up as it gets established. Its spectacular show of golden foliage holds well on the tree for several weeks, then abruptly falls over a few days. These trees can live for generations if properly cared for. You will want to buy a named male variety like ‘Autumn Gold’ because female trees bear fruit which smells bad.
Nothing says fall quite like a flaming Red Maple in full, brilliant color. There are several excellent varieties and cultivars on the market that vary slightly in size and color, but all of them will pack a punch in the landscape. Red Maples are a good choice for planting in a lawn, because of their medium-high water needs. If you’re in the market for a red maple, check out ‘October Glory’, ‘Autumn Blaze’ or ‘Burgundy Belle’.
A highly underrated specimen, the Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) tree has fall color that ranges anywhere from amber to a deep purple-red. Its pyramidal crown and furrowed bark is attractive year ‘round, and in the spring it produces flowers that are adored by bees (if you ever get the chance, try some tupelo honey!). Female trees bear small black berries in early fall which are also attractive to birds, making this an ideal tree for a wildlife garden. You cannot tell if the tree is a male or female until it is mature.
Confused by your choices? Roseville residents can get free advice from trained tree consultants, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 916-250-2902.