Notes from the Garden

Posted: September 22, 2017 Facebook Twitter

Our Picks of the Season: Not Your Everyday, Ordinary Trees



When was the last time you planted trees in your landscape? If you’re struggling to remember, you’re in luck because fall is the perfect time to plant! Trees provide so many benefits to our landscapes including shelter and shade. Not to mention they can turn your ordinary landscape into a place you can enjoy later in the fall and earlier in the spring when done right.

Read more about our picks of the season below.


Acer rubrum Sun Valley Maple Red Maple

Acer rubrum Sun Valley Maple // Red Maple

Small to medium tree that fits small spaces, great for front yards too

Spectacular and reliable fall color

Great specimen tree

Likes full sun to part shade


Acer saccharum 'Bailsta' Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple

Acer Saccharum ‘Bailsta’ Fall Fiesta // Sugar Maple

Reliable fall color, a true sugar maple in that it turns bright orange in the fall

Rapid growth and a large shade tree

Resistance to summer heat, wind, and drought

Likes full sun to part shade

Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Cole's Select' Serviceberry

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Cole’s Select’ // Cole’s Select Serviceberry 

Great tree for wildlife

Four season tree:

  • Brilliant orange-red fall color display
  • Silver bark in the winter
  • White fragrant flowers in the spring
  • Edible blueberry-like fruit that can be enjoyed by birds and people in the summer

Wonderful tree in masses or stand alone

Great understory tree, best in partial sun

Cercidiphyllum japonicum Katsura Tree

Cercidiphyllum japonicum // Katsura Tree

Medium sized specimen tree

Its foliage offers an array of color throughout the year from reddish-purple to blue-green in spring then yellow in autumn.

Showstopper in the fall with its golden layers of color

Delicate heart-shaped leaves that smell like cotton candy when fall color starts to appear

Appreciates full sun to part shade and does well in moist sites

Cornus Mas 'Golden Glory' Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ // Cornelian Cherry Dogwood

Great tree for wildlife

Four season tree:

  • Orange-red in the fall
  • Unique winter bark that stands out against the snow
  • Edible fruit that turns cherry red in mid-summer
  • Valued for its very early, showy spring flower that blooms even when there’s snow on the ground

Wonderful as a specimen or screen

Likes full sun to part shade

Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree

Liriodendron tulipifera // Tulip Tree

Cup-shaped, tulip-like flowers bloom in the spring

Unusually shaped large leaves

Golden fall color

Majestic, diverse shade tree that likes full sun

Malus 'Orange Crush' Crabapple

Malus ‘Orange Crush’ // Crabapple

Covered in a dark, reddish-pink flowers in the spring

Leaves turn yellow with hints of maroon and orange-red in the fall

Orange-red fruit in the winter is a food source for various birds

Great as a specimen or planted in mass

Persistent and resistant:

  • Fruit stays on the tree until eaten or it shrivels to nothing
  • Resistant to diseases that hit other crabapples
Ostrya virginiana Eastern Hophornbeam

Ostrya virginiana // Eastern Hophornbeam

Likes full sun to part shade

Great shade or street tree in small spaces

Leaves turn neon yellow in autumn and drop early

Unusual ornamental seedpod that somewhat resembles the fruit of hops

Quercus robur x bicolor 'Long' Regal Prince Oak

Quercus robur x bicolor ‘Long’ Regal Prince // Oak

Narrow, cylinder-like shape

Great screen or parkway tree

Wonderful shade or small space tree

Glossy, robust, dark green foliage all summer long

Yellow-brown fall color

Thuja 'Green Giant'

Thuja ‘Green Giant’ // Arborvitae

Narrow pyramidal shape

Great when used as a screen

Superior heat and cold tolerance

Drought tolerant

Great habitat for birds in the winter

Contact a #PurplePoloPro to pick out the best tree or trees to add to your landscape.

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