Leaves are starting to turn bright shades of red, orange and yellow to put on a beautiful display of fall colors. Landscapes are dazzling with bright, fiery colors due to large trees like oaks and maples that reach anywhere between 30 to over 50 feet tall.
Their huge sizes can make them difficult to plant around homes, so how do you get fall color in your own landscape with limited space? Easy, simply check out these space saving fall color plants.
We are sure that you are familiar with dogwoods as beautiful spring flowering trees, but they also provide vibrant fall foliage in both tree and shrub form.
The Red Twig Dogwood is a shrub that grows 6 to 8 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. During the warmer months Red Twig Dogwoods sport green leaves only to drop away in the fall, revealing bright red stems. With this shrub’s compact size it can be placed perfectly along property borders or by the porch to attract neighbor’s eyes to your blazing landscape. As an added bonus, the woody stems can be collected and used for decorating inside your home for the perfect center or accent piece.
With the ability to thrive in growing zones 2-9 Red Twig Dogwoods can be planted almost anywhere, even in extra cold climates. This is a fuss free shrub that can handle both droughts and soggy areas. Plant yours in either full or partial sunlight and put on your sunglasses every autumn to peak at its bright red color.
Red is great, but we can’t forget about yellow. The Yellow Twig Dogwood is very similar to the Red Twig, only it has bright yellow stems to show off during the fall. When other plants have lost their leaves and blend in to the barren winter landscape the Yellow Twig Dogwood stands out against the snow. By growing only to 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide this shrub can fit anywhere either by itself or with multiples to form a hedge. The Yellow Twig Dogwood is another example of a fuss free plant, and it’s recommended for growing zones 3 through 7.
Burning Bushes live up to their name every autumn when their blue-green leaves turn a shade of bright flaming red. Your neighbors will be shocked by your burning bush’s quick transition from green to red.
By only growing 4 to 8 feet tall, and 4 to 8 feet wide Burning Bushes are the perfect choice for hedgerows. They will provide privacy if planted along a border line and they will provide eye catching color if planted as accent pieces near your home and garden without taking over your yard. Burning Bushes are low maintenance and recommended for growing zones 4 – 8. They can be planted in either full or partial sunlight. No matter if you live in the North or South plant a few Burning Bushes to add pops of scarlet color to your landscape.
The Aurora Blueberry Bush is another contender for fall foliage. We may have lost you at the word ‘blueberry’ because most fruiting plants aren’t associated with fall color. However, this blueberry bush puts on a spectacular show every year when its leaves turn from a lush shade of green to shades of red and orange. This shrub provides two fall colors for the price of one!
After snacking on large, delicious Aurora Blueberries you can sit back and watch the fall foliage show. By only growing to heights of 5 to 6 feet and around 5 feet wide Aurora Blueberries fit perfectly into any landscape. You can plant them in a row for a hedge, or a stand-alone accent piece. The
recommended growing zones for this bush are 4 through 7, so they can stand up to the cold and the heat. With this low maintenance blueberry bush not only will you have the best tasting pies and jams on the block, you’ll also have the best looking yard.
The Muskogee Crape Myrtle is mostly famous for the months of lavender blooms every summer. However, the colorful show doesn’t end there. Every fall the vibrant green leaves turn bright shades of red and orange. Your neighbors will think that you planted a whole new tree!
This is a medium sized tree and only reaches heights of 15 to 20 feet tall, and widths around 10 to 15 feet. This tree is perfect for planting in neighborhoods and tight areas because it won’t grow to be a monstrous height. Muskogee Crapes still grow tall enough to provide shade while providing months of color.
The recommended growing zones for Muskogee crapes are 7 – 11, so this is the fall color tree that can stand up to extreme heat down south. This tree is also extremely drought tolerant and fuss free. With its fast growth rate of up to five feet per year Muskogees quickly pop up with a beautiful display of head turning colors.
The Tonto Crape Myrtle is another contender in the race for months of color. All summer long the Tonto Crape is covered in hundreds of dark fuchsia blooms. The flowers even last into fall. Once the summer heat breaks, and cooler fall temperatures start to set in its green leaves turn a shade of dark maroon. The maroon leaves are darker than the brightly colored red leaves we’re used to seeing, making the Tonto Crape a unique fall color tree.
Tonto Crape Myrtles are even smaller than the Muskogee because it only grows to about 8 to 15 feet tall, and 6 to 10 feet wide. This compact tree can be planted as close as 5 feet away from structures.
The Tonto Crape Myrtle is recommended for growing zones 7 through 9, so it’s another fall foliage tree that will beat the heat. Due to its fast growth rate, you’ll have fall foliage without the wait. Also, you won’t have to baby this tree. Tonto Crape Myrtles are highly drought tolerant and disease resistant. Plant it and forget it until it becomes a colorful spectacle for months.
You Don’t Have To Go Big For Fall Color
While large trees that span upwards of 30 to 50 feet have dazzling fall colors, they aren’t your only option. There are tons of smaller trees and shrubs that provide dazzling hues of red, orange and yellow every fall. No matter if your planting space is big or small there is a fall foliage plant that will fit perfectly into your landscape.