|Sugar Maple, Japanese Maple, Dogwood, Stewartia,|
Sourwood, Ginkgo, Katsura
So many trees add to the amazing display of fall color in New England, but what we see when driving through the hills of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine differ significantly from what we see in our own neighborhoods. In the suburban neighborhood the colors can be stunning with many of the introduced plantings in people's landscape.
If you are interested in learning more and tracking the areas where color is peaking in New England, go to the Yankee Foliage site, and you will be more than overwhelmed with ideas and information.
When you see fall color out in nature in New England, the color comes from a large variety of big native trees: Maple, Oak, Beech, Cherry, Ash, Birch, Linden, Tulip Poplar, Hickory and others. There is also a large group of smaller, understory trees that contribute: Dogwood, Redbud, Sassafras(several groves in Winchester), Maple among others. This native diversity does not exist as much in the suburban landscape, but many introduced cultivars can make the color in smaller landscapes just as intense.
Following is a group of my favorite trees for fall color that are on full exhibit now. It is not an exhaustive list and I will include some of the trees that color later in a subsequent post. To be included on this list, the tree must provide the landscape more than just some colorful leaves. I also apologize for my somewhat lame photography, I am still learning...
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
|Sugar Maple - Variety of color|
on one tree
Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
|Katsura Tree- Apricot fall color|
In Winchester we have had a number of old Katsura Trees that were given to us by a Japanese sister city at the turn of the last century. One of the largest still exists off of Highland Ave and is a monster at 70-80'.
Ginkgo Tree (Ginkgo biloba)
|Ginkgo biloba - Unique leaves|
and beautiful yellow color.
The leaves in fall turn a wonderful yellow, and in one day they decide to all drop from the tree.
Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum "Bloodgood")
|Bloodgood Japanese Maple|
In the image below, you can see the beauty in using several different cultivars (varieties). In all seasons, it provides a contrast of color and leaf shape. The green Japanese Maples come in several shades and different colorations throughout the year, and the reds show the same diversity. Ideally these Maples are used as individual specimens, but often awkward trees are best grouped together into small groves.
|A grove of many different Japanese Maples in color |
on an estate I recently managed
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis "Cole's Select")
|Amelanchier canadensis"Cole's Select",|
range of colors on one tree