Trees with Colorful Fall Foliage

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One of the most delightful aspects of fall is the colorful tree foliage.  Yellow is the predominate fall leaf color.  However, are also oranges, reds, and purples. 
 
The weather in early fall largely determines the intensity and duration of leaf color in those tree species capable of producing good fall color.  Best fall color typically develops when days in early fall are sunny and mild and nights are cool (but remain above freezing).  Long periods of cloudy, rainy weather or a hard freeze in early fall will mute fall colors.
 
When selecting trees for the home landscape, consider fall leaf color.  The trees in the following list provide some of the best fall color in Iowa. 
 
Common and Scientific Name
Fall Leaf Color
Tree Height/Width
 
 
 
Black maple (Acer nigrum)
yellow to orange
50'/50'
Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
yellow
40-50'/40-50'
Red maple (Acer rubrum)
orange to red
40-50'/30-40'
Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
yellow to orange
50-60'/50'
Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii)
red
40-50'/40'
Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
yellow to reddish orange
30-40'/30-40'
Serviceberry
     (Amelanchier x grandiflora)
yellow to orange to red
20-25'/20-25'
American hornbeam
     (Carpinus caroliniana)
yellow to orange to red
25-30'/25-30'
Shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
yellow
60'/40-45'
Katsura tree
     (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
yellow to apricot
40-50'/35-40'
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
yellow
20-25'/25-30'
Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)
yellow
35-40'/40-45'
Honeylocust
     (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis)
yellow
50'/50'
Larch (Larix species)
yellow
50-60'/30-40'
American sweetgum
     (Liquidambar styraciflua)
yellow to red to purple
50-60'/40-50'
Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
yellow to orange to red
30-40'/25-30'
White oak (Quercus alba)
wine red
60-70'/60-70'
Red oak (Quercus rubra)
wine red
60-70'/60-70'
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
brownish orange
50-60'/30-35'
American elm (Ulmus americana)
yellow
60-70'/60-70'

 

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