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It may seem hard to believe, but fall is almost here. One of the best things about the fall is all the beautiful colors the trees and shrubs turn during this time. One plant that is often looked over but provides amazing fall color is Witch Hazel. The brilliant oranges and reds that the leaves turn are hard to match. Another great thing about the Witch Hazel is that it flowers much earlier than most plants, with either yellow or red flowers that appear in February. If you are looking for a plant that will extend the time that you have color in your yard, you will want to consider planting a Witch Hazel, to add blooms before spring and colorful leaves in the fall.

Another great plant to provide fall color is Fothergilla. It is a relatively unknown plant but is a great addition to shady areas in your garden. They provide white flower clusters in the spring, the summer foliage that has greenish blue color in the summer and a very vibrant red color in the fall. In our area, they tend to be small to medium sized shrubs and need to have afternoon shade.

 

Maple trees are great trees for providing color in the fall. There are many varieties of maples that turn red in the fall. The first two pictures are of the Hot Wings Maple, which gets its name from the bright red seed pods that it produces in the summer and persist into the fall. The Hot Wings is a smaller maple, only reaching 20 to 25 feet tall and wide. The third picture is of a Red Sunset Maple. Red Sunsets are larger maples, which can get 40 to 50 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide, and often have an oval shaped canopy. the fourth picture is of a October Glory Maple. Also a large maple, getting 40 feet tall and 30 feet wide, with a rounded canopy. As its name indicates, it turns red later in the fall that some of the other maples. The final picture is of an Autumn Blaze Maple, which is about the same size as the October Glory, but it turns red a few weeks, if not a month earlier. Maples are great trees for our area. They are able to stand up to the heat and wind, and are fast growing, adding up to 2 feet a year. If you have questions about the maples, or any of the other plants we carry, please stop by The Garden Shop Nursery and speak with our knowledgeable staff.

 
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