Maple is the quintessential tree for fall color. Maple trees demand attention with bright apricot leaves that contrast with burnt orange. Maples come in a variety of sizes, so they work in any landscape.
Sweetgum is a fast-growing tree with glorious, red leaves that pop in autumn. Sweetgum trees have glossy, star-shaped leaves that stay longer on the tree—allowing you to bask in the dynamic colors into late fall.
. Sweet birch trees offer copious amounts of shade in the summer, fend off the bronze birch borer better than any other birch, and have a sugary sap that can be used to brew homemade birch soda.
Katsura welcomes autumn with a spicy-sweet smell and tangerine color. The katsura tree grows in a pyramid like shape with an extraordinarily straight trunk and heart-shaped leaves.
after a summer sprinkled with yellow flowers. Smokebush is a shrub that can be pruned into a small tree with the help of a certified arborist.
Witch hazel offers the full package, complete with fragrance, flowers, and glowing color in every season.
This dogwood blossoms with clusters of white flowers that mature into plum-colored fruit to attract birds in spring.
The redbud tree is a small tree with a rounded crown and a forked, light-colored trunk.
How to Plant New Trees and Shrubs
In many parts of the country, planting trees and shrubs in early fall gives plants a head start at establishing roots in the season's cool, moist soil—and allows you to revel in their autumn hues.
- Dig a hole (twice the diameter and to a depth of two inches less than the full height of the root ball)
- Position the shrub in the hole (make sure the top of the root ball remains at, not below, ground level).
- Fill in with soil and water to settle soil.
- Add more soil to top of root ball (don't pack soil down with foot).
- Cover the planting hole with one to two inches of shredded hardwood or leaf mulch. But don’t over mulch the tree or “volcano” mulch. Keep the mulch two to three inches away from the trunk or the trunk will rot.
Always talk to a certified arborist. Contact your local Davey professional with any tree service concerns as you plant your landscape this fall.
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