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Fall Colors

Posted on 18 February 2011



Autumn brings us color and transition as our plants and trees prepare themselves for the winter ahead. Fall brings us the bright colors that many trees and plants wait to display every year. Autumn Purple Ash, Autumn Blaze Maple and Burning Bushes to name a few have some of the most beautiful colors of the year and quickly evolve the landscaping to show off its’ special colors. If you watch closely, you can actually see the changes taking place and on a daily basis. It’s these changing colors that define the time of the year.

When a tree starts to change its’ color, it is getting ready to survive yet another winter, to hibernate and braze the cold temperatures and precipitation that are in its’ near future.

When designing a landscape, be sure to consider all of the colors that a particular plant or tree will provide. With this in mind, you can actually align your yard with different plants that provide on color palette during the summer and an entirely different color palette during the fall that will be just as spectacular as the summer if not better.

Colorado has excellent choices in hardy plantings that will provide fall colors and give your landscaping the interest that it deserves. Certain plantings will begin to change their colors at different times of the season, giving an opportunity to chase the colors with the sun as its’ presence during the day gets shorter and shorter.

Dwarf Burning Bushes are an excellent choice for displaying fall color and provide a deep dark red color that lasts for nearly a month in the autumn. Burning Bushes, a dwarf’s older brother will also provide brilliant red color but will grow to be very large shrubs of nearly 10’ size.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry will get nearly 25’ tall and approx. 15 feet wide and are a great display of fall color in your landscape. They will also provide you with beautiful white colors in the spring and purplish-black fruit that will attract birds to your yard. They make an excellent statement in any yard and because of their upright, rounded growth habit, they will also look excellent with up-lighting at night. They are very adapaptable to many soils and are somewhat drought tolerant. They will grow in full sun to part shade. Serviceberries planted in shade will provide fewer blossoms in the spring and will produce a slower growth habit. They are an easy to grow tree that will provide great spring and fall features within your landscape.

Chanticleer Pear Trees make a great display of both spring and fall color. The Chanticleer Pear is a true 4 season tree by producing white flowers in early spring on dark green foliage that changes to long lasting touches of purple and red in mid to late fall. During the Winter, the tight upright and narrow form makes for a nice silhouette in the landscaping. Chanticleer Pear Trees are a great choice for trouble free landscape decoration.


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