In the world of trees, for some species, autumn is a season of glorious, outstanding beauty, treating us to bursts of colours before winter sets in. This abundance of rich shades appears from pigments that are naturally produced by the tree leaf cells. They are; Chlorophyll (green), Carotenes (yellow), Anthocyanins (reds & pinks).
Here are a list of trees that look wonderful in the autumn:
- Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) – Shiny green leaves that turn crimson-red, orange and yellow in the autumn.
- Field maple (Acer campestre) – Dark green leaves that turn bright yellow in the autumn.
- Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) – Green leaves that turn orange to red in the autumn. Bloodgood variety has deep red leaves turning bright red in the autumn and the Dissectum variety has fresh green leaves that turn yellow-orange in the autumn.
- June berry (Amelanchier lamarckii) – Green leaves that turn yellow to flaming orange-red.
- Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) – Dark-green leaves that turn scarlet or orange-crimson in the autumn.
- Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba) – Green fan-shaped leaves that turn golden-yellow in the autumn.
- Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) – Green leaves that turn yellow-orange or brick-red in the autumn.
- Pin oak (Quercus palustris) – Shiny green leaves turn yellow-orange to bronze-red in the autumn.
- Red maple (Acer rubrum) – Pale-green leaves that turn flame-red in the autumn.
- Scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) – Shiny green leaves turn brilliant scarlet in the autumn.
- Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) – Green maple-like leaves that turn violet-brown, crimson-red to orange and yellow in the autumn.
- Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) – Light-green leaves that turn orange-yellow to intense red in the autumn.
- Wild cherry (Prunus avium) – Dark green leaves turn yellow to orange-red in the autumn.