The fall season entices thousands to flock to prime locations for colorful leaf viewing. Why venture out when you can enjoy the sight from your front porch? Here are trees that offer striking reds, oranges and yellows through autumn, and with proper care and maintenance can decorate your Georgia lawn year round.
The prototypical fall tree is undoubtedly the maple. With uniquely-shaped leaves that burn bright and dark orange in autumn, they work for almost every type of landscaping since they come in a variety of sizes.
With lustrous leaves in a star-like shape, sweetgum trees seem to light on fire every fall, with bright red leaves that stay alight late into the season.
Sweet Birch Tree
Sporting an impressive yellow hue, these trees offer tremendous shade in the summer and burn a sunlit gold in the fall.
Blooming with yellow flowers in the summertime, a smokebush turns scarlet in October, making it the perfect ornamental choice all year long.
On the smaller side, this tree not only smells delightful but glows yellow throughout fall. Try in conjunction with other trees and enjoy the rainbow.
Also showing off bright yellows, this tree’s fan-shaped leaves resist pollution, disease, and insects. They also grow up to 80 feet tall.
With heart-shaped leaves that transform into sunset orange, katsura trees also come with a sweet, spicy smell.
Red Twig Dogwood
With white flowers and purple-colored fruit, it will attract sweet-singing birds in the spring and ignite with rich red flowers (and matching stems) in the fall.
Softening landscape with pink flowers in the spring, redbud tree leaves turn a light golden amber each fall.
Not only does the sassafras tree repel mosquitos, but in the fall it produces tangerine leaves of varying shapes. With a distinct licorice scent, it attracts wildlife and people alike.
Tips on Planting
Fall planting can give roots a nice start with cool, moist soil helping establish a stronghold. For proper placement, dig a hole twice the diameter and two inches shorter than the root mass. After filling the hole with soil and adding water, add mulch (hardwood or leaf), keeping it a few inches away from the trunk (to prevent rot).
As always, consult a certified arborist to help guide and educate you through the process.
For an estimate, call Gordon Pro Tree Service at 770-271-6072 today.