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Selected Plants Providing
Colorful Autumn Foliage

Here's our list of several good fall color plants. It is an alphabetical list by scientific name -
showing each common name, fall color(s) and links to those specific plants that we have in our
Fall Foliage Gallery [just click the small icon representing fall foliage icon to go to the Gallery image].

Acer - Asimina | Betula - Gleditsia | Hamamelis - Pyrus | Quercus - Zelkova

Scientific Name
Common Name

Foliage Color
or Colors

Gallery Image

Acer buergerianum

Trident Maple

red to orange

Acer campbellii var. flabellatum

Fan-leafed Maple
maroon red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer circinatum

Vine Maple
yellow or red

Acer glabrum var. douglasii

Douglas Maple
dull red

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

'Aconitifolium'
Fullmoon Maple
dark red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer macrophyllum

Bigleaf Maple
bright orange
to yellow

Acer negundo

Box Elder
yellow

Acer nigrum 'Greencolumn'

Black Maple, 'Greencolumn'
yellow to
brownish-yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer pensylvanicum

Striped Maple
yellow
to golden yellow

Acer rubrum

Red Maple
brilliant red, orange
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

'Brandywine' Red Maple

red to brilliant
red-purple

small icon representing fall foliage

Acer rubrum 'New World'

'New World' Red Maple
red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer rubrum 'Red Rocket'

'Red Rocket' Red Maple
red to orange
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer rubrum 'Somerset'

'Somerset' Red Maple
brilliant red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'

'Sun Valley' Red Maple
brilliant red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple
pale yellow
to orange and red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer saccharum ssp. grandidentatum

Canyon Maple
orange-yellow
to dark red

Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple
dull yellow green

Acer spicatum

Mountain Maple
yellow, red, or brown

Aesculus glabra

Ohio Buckeye
orange or yellow

Aesculus parviflora

Bottlebrush Buckeye
bright yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Aronia arbutifolia

Red Chokeberry
red
small icon representing fall foliage

Amelanchier canadensis

Downy Serviceberry
golden red

Asimina triloba

PawPaw
yellow

Acer - Asimina | Betula - Gleditsia | Hamamelis - Pyrus | Quercus - Zelkova

Scientific Name
Common Name
Foliage Color
or Colors
Gallery Image
Betula lenta
Sweet Birch
yellow

Betula papyrifera

Paper Birch
clear yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Betula populifera

Gray Birch
pale yellow
to orange yellow

Campsis grandiflora

Chinese Trumpet Vine
chocolate purple
small icon representing fall foliage

Carya ovata

Shagbark Hickory
golden yellow

Carya tomentosa

Mockernut Hickory
golden yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Celtis occidentalis

Hackberry
yellow

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Katsura Tree
red, yellow

Cercis candensis

Redbud
yellow to
greenish yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe Tree
yellow

Cladrastis kentuckea

American Yellowwood
yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Cornus alternifolia

Alternate-leafed Dogwood
red

Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood
deep red to maroon
small icon representing fall foliage

Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood
reddish-purple

Cornus nuttallii

Western Flowering Dogwood
dull red

Euonymus alatus

Winged Euonymus
bright red
small icon representing fall foliage

Fagus crenata

Japanese Beech
deep bronze yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Fagus grandifolia

Beech
bronze to
deep yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Fothergilla gardenii

Witch Alder
red to coral red
small icon representing fall foliage

Fothergilla major

Witch Alder
bright red
to maroon

Fraxinus americana

Green Ash
purple to red
and yellow

Fraxinus pensylvanica

Red Ash
golden yellow

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo
golden yellow

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Moraine'

'Moraine' Thornless Honeylocust
golden yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer - Asimina | Betula - Gleditsia | Hamamelis - Pyrus | Quercus - Zelkova

Scientific Name
Common Name
Foliage Color
or Colors
Gallery Image

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'

'Jelena' Witchhazel
red orange
small icon representing fall foliage

Hamamelis virginiana

Witch Hazel
clear yellow to
golden yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Hydrangea macrophylla

Bigleaf Hydrangea
maroon to yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Hydrangea anomala var. petiolaris

Climbing Hydrangea
lemon yellow

Juglans nigra

Black Walnut
yellow

Lagerstroemia

Crapemyrtle
deep orange
to red to yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Larix gmelinii

Dahurian Larch
yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Larix larcinia

Larch
yellow

Lidera benzoin

Spicebush
bright yellow

Liquidambar styraciflua

Sweetgum
dark maroon,
brilliant red,
orange, yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip Poplar
golden yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Magnolia acuminata

Cucumber Magnolia
golden yellow
to reddish brown

Morus alba

White Mulberry
glossy yellow

Morus rubra

Red Mulberry
yellow

Nyssa sylvatica

Blackgum
bright red
small icon representing fall foliage

Ostrya virginiana

Ironwood
dull yellow

Oxydendrum arboreum

Sourwood
dark to bright red

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia Creeper
red

Picrasma quassioides

India Quassiawood
yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Pinus strobus

Eastern White Pine
yellow to tan

Pistacia chinense

Chinese Pistache
yellow to red
small icon representing fall foliage

Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore
yellow to
yellow-brown

Populus tremuloides

Quaking Aspen
bright to
golden yellow

Prunus 'Dream Catcher'

'Dream Catcher' Flowering Cherry
yellowish orange
small icon representing fall foliage

Prunus pensylvanica

Fire Cherry
maroon to
red to orange

Prunus serotina

Black Cherry
yellow to gold
Punica granatum
Pomegranite
yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Pyrus calleryana

'Bradford' Flowering Pear
orange-red to red
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer - Asimina | Betula - Gleditsia | Hamamelis - Pyrus | Quercus - Zelkova

Scientific Name
Common Name
Foliage Color
or Colors
Gallery Image

Quercus alba

White Oak
brown, yellow, pink
small icon representing fall foliage
Quercus coccina
Scarlet Oak
scarlet

Quercus gambelii

Gambel Oak
dark red

Quercus palustris

Pin Oak
brilliant scarlet

Quercus prinus

Chestnut Oak
brown to
bronze-yellow

Quercus rubra

Red Oak
deep red, greenish yellow
to brown

Rhus copallina

Winged Sumac
brilliant red to
glossy maroon

Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac
scarlet to deep red
small icon representing fall foliage

Rhus typhina

Staghorn Sumac
dark crimson to
orange-crimson
small icon representing fall foliage

Sassafras albidum

Sassafras
bright yellow, orange to red
small icon representing fall foliage

Sorbus americana

Mountain Ash
dull red to
rich yellow

Sorbus alnifolia

Korean Mountain Ash
orange

Stewartia pseudocamellia

Japanese Stewartia
purplish red
to yellow

Toxicodendron radicans

Poison Ivy
red to orange and yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Vitis species

Wild Grape
yellow

Ulmus americana

American Elm
golden yellow

Ulmus americana
'Valley Forge'

'Valley Forge'
American Elm
yellow

Ulmus 'Frontier'

'Frontier' Elm
red-purple
small icon representing fall foliage

Ulmus parviflora

Chinese Elm
golden yellow to
reddish brown
small icon representing fall foliage

Ulmus thomasii

Rock Elm
bright yellow

Ulmus wilsoniana 'Prospector'

'Prospector' Elm
yellow
Zelkova serrata
Japanese Zelokova
orange to yellow
small icon representing fall foliage

Acer - Asimina | Betula - Gleditsia | Hamamelis - Pyrus | Quercus - Zelkova

small icon representing fall foliage If you canít make it to the Arboretum this fall and just want to see some nice autumn foliage, continue to the Fall Foliage Gallery.
small icon representing fall foliage If you are the inquisitive type, check out our page that explains the hows and whys of fall color.
small icon representing fall foliage Back to the Fall Foliage Introduction Page.

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Fall Foliage Photos by Scott Aker, Susan Bentz, Erin Clark and Thomas Elias
Last Updated   November 29, 2010 10:25 AM
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