Most Beautiful Trees in Fall

By Kelly Gartner , last updated March 7, 2011

Nature provides us with many wonders, but none are as beautiful as the changing of tree leaves in fall from brilliant greens to robust reds, magnificent yellows and luminous oranges. In fact, many regions of the United States, such as New England, attract part of their tourist trade from leaf peepers hoping to bask in the glory of the fall foliage.

While a weekend jaunt is always enjoyable, you may wish to create your own leaf show by planting trees that will fill your yard with color during the autumnal months. The following list of trees is known to bring delight and strike viewers with their bright and dazzling colors.

The Sugar Maple

Reliable and sturdy, the Sugar Maple bursts with stunning reds, orange or yellow leaves. A Sugar Maple tree can grow to be as tall as 70 feet and fares well in USDA zones 4 to 8.

The Sweet Birch

In the spring and summer the triangular dark green leaves of the Sweet Birch brings shade and respite from the hot sun. In the fall The Sweet Birch’s leaves turn into an illuminated golden-yellow. The Sweet Birch grows to be 50 feet tall and is best planted in USDA zones 3 to 7.

The Japanese Maple

A hearty tree, the Japanese Maple is a true crowd pleaser changing from vibrant reds, oranges and yellows near the end of the season. The Japanese Maple grows to be as tall as 50 feet and is ideally suited for the warmer USDA zones 6-9.

Stewartia

In the late summer the Stewartia tree delights with camellia-shaped flowers that turn alluring shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. Stewartia does well in full sun and grows to be 70 feet tall. The best USDA zones are 5 to 8.

Amur Maple

Like its other Maple cousins, the Amur Maple puts on a top-notch show for autumnal spectators turning a bright red. The Amur maple grows to be 25 feet tall and thrives in USDA zones 3 to 7.

Sweet Gum

Sweet Gum trees star-shaped leaves dazzle amaze leaf enthusiasts with reds, oranges and beautiful burgundy. The Sweet Gum tree provides a perfect contrast to the reds, oranges and yellows of other trees. The Sweet Gum grows to be 80 feet tall and does well in USDA zones 6-9.

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