Plant Trees for Autumn Colors

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Leaf peepers rejoice. You can enjoy brilliant fall color without leaving home by adding any of these trees to your landscape. Starting soon, all put on a show with autumn leaves of red, orange and gold. Try any of the following.

Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis) showcases lacy leaves in fiery red.

Smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Purpureus’) offers a glowing mix of red, orange and copper.

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) features maple-like leaves in gold.

Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) yields foliage of pink, burgundy, orange or yellow, depending on the hybrid.

No room for a tree? Train a California native wild grape (Vitis californica) along a sturdy pergola or arbor and enjoy a blazing gold and red display in fall. ‘Roger’s Red’ and ‘Walker Ridge’ are good selections.

Mary James

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles contributor

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