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Trees for autumn colour


by Pippa Greenwood

In the garden the leaves on the trees are starting to turn, marking the beginning of what I hope will be a fabulous display of autumn colour.


Autumnal acer leavesWe're getting ready for winter: the chimney has been swept and the logs have been chopped. In the garden the leaves on the trees are starting to turn, marking the beginning of what I hope will be a fabulous display of autumn colour.

Now is probably the best time to buy and plant trees for autumn colour. Not only are the leaves starting to change colour, giving you some indication of what the tree will look like in your garden, but the planting conditions are perfect, too. The soil is still warm from the summer, so it allows the trees' roots to grow and get established before winter sets in.

We're lucky enough to have enough space to grow large autumn trees, such as sweet gum, Liquidambar styraciflua. And while I love the classic cultivars 'Worplesdon' and 'Lane Roberts', the smaller, lesser-known cultivars are just as worthy of admiration. Acers are a good option for those with small gardens, as they can be grown in pots.

I'll certainly be tempted to add more autumn trees to the collection I have growing in my field, and I'm not too proud to look in the bargain bins!



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Gardeners' World Web User 04/10/2008 at 14:20

I have an Aralia elata "variegata" it is still quite young but gives a lovely display of creamy white flowers through to early autumn,

Gardeners' World Web User 06/10/2008 at 20:45

Wilf don't worry that happened to one of mine this summer and now its new growth looks healthy so I'm going to wait until next spring and look for any die back once the new leaves are on then just trim off any dead wood.

Gardeners' World Web User 20/11/2009 at 17:10

It is certainly interesting for me to read the blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:37

Acers... I've got a Atropurpureum Acer for my birthday back in May, I followed the planting instruction to the letter, (I'm just a beginner) and since, having such a lousy summer, the poor tree has lost almost all the leaves and the few remaining are all curled up. I know it isn't dead because there are the random new leaves sprouting, but I was looking forward autumn ti see it in full display, and ain't happening... what did I do wrong?