The Best Trees For Autumn Colour

Many trees are awash with stunning autumn colours on their foliage, but which are the best?

For very small gardens, Japanese Maples are fantastic. There is a huge choice in spring, summer and autumn foliage colours. Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Garnet’ and Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ are firm favourites for their bright scarlet autumn foliage.

For autumn colour plus spring flowers, we recommend Amelanchier (Juneberry) and Flowering Cherry trees. The flowers vary in shades of white through to dark pink, with Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ known for flowering in winter.

Crab Apple (Malus) and Rowan (Sorbus) trees are fantastic for colourful fruits and berries. Malus ‘Butterball’ has large, bright yellow crab apples, whilst Sorbus aucuparia is our native Mountain Ash tree with orange-red berries.

For the very best autumn colour, Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) and Sweet Gum (Liquidambar) trees are unbeatable. Browse all our favourite autumn colour trees here.

Left to right: Amelanchier and Liquidambar

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