Take advantage of fall's beautiful colors by adding these trees to your garden or using their leaves for home decorations
When trees are freshly painted in their burnished fall colors, take advantage of the splendor with easy decorating projects
Gather beautiful individual leaves during a walk in the country or neighborhood. If you grow trees with beautiful fall color, you can clip small leaf-filled branches for easy arrangements, wreaths, swags, or window boxes.
Click ahead for some of the West's best trees for fall color ― and easy decorating ideas.
A garden-scale tree with a rounded canopy; narrow leaflets give it a lacy appearance.
In fall, foliage turns luminous shades of orange and red to gold. Sunset climate zones 4–16, 18–23.
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An open, rounded tree. In brisk fall weather, the glossy leaves turn yellow, red, and finally russet brown. Zones 2–10, 14–24.
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The most airy and delicate of all maples. Varieties with colorful leaves include 'Atropurpureum' (bronzy green); 'Bloodgood'
(scarlet); 'Bonfire' (orange-pink); 'Ever Red' (crimson).
Best in zones A3, 2–10, 12, 14–24 (find your climate zone).
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In fall, leaves turn vivid yellow, orange, or red; after they drop, brilliant orange fruits hang on well into winter.
Best in zones 6–9, 14–16, 18–24, H1.
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Maple-like leaves give this stout-trunked tree a lacy effect. Fall color varies by variety.
L. styraciflua 'Palo Alto' has orange-red to bright red leaves.
L. styraciflua 'Festival' turns yellow, peach, pink, orange, and red. Zones 3–9, 14–24.
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