When trees are freshly painted in their burnished fall colors, take advantage of the splendor with easy decorating projects at home.
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.
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.
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.