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Trees for great Autumn Colour

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Oct 25, 2016
Autumn is tree planting time

In my eyes there is no better sign in autumn than when the leaves begin to turn blazing shades of red, yellow and orange. I have started to notice this happening while I am driving to work over the past couple of weeks. The trees that you would drive past without giving a second thought are now suddenly flaming spectacles that really catch your eye as you go past.

I often find that during the summer, for many gardeners, trees simply fade into the background and can be overlooked in favour of all the bright and wonderful flowers that are in Bloom. In autumn however trees put on a theatrical display of colour that screams for attention as everything else in the garden becomes more subdued.

Over the past few weeks in CountryLife I have had a lot of customers coming in to find trees that add some intense autumn colour to their gardens. And really there is an endless list of great trees to consider planting for autumn colour.

Before I start recommending trees to people however I always remind them that trees are not a impulse buy for the garden they are something that should be thought about carefully before buying. The biggest thing is to think about space. But not the space the tree will take up now but the space it will take up in 10 or 20 years time when it is mature. You want to make sure the tree will still look appropriate at that time as it can be very costly to remove a tree and nearly impossible to successfully move a mature tree without re-mortgaging your house.

Mountain ash is an Irish favouriteBut once you are sure you have the space and right conditions for a tree in your garden the best part starts, picking your tree. I have been reminded of a few of my favourite trees for autumnal colour. One of the popular trees with customers for  autumn colour is Liquid Amber. As the name suggests the leaves of this tree turn a rich amber colour as the temperatures begin to drop. Liquid amber comes from the eastern United States and grows well in mild areas on fairly dry soil.

Mountain Ash is another firm favourite with Irish gardeners and has been for many years now. The most common Mountain Ash you will see has rich dark red berries which form in great big clusters on the tree. However you can also get yellow, pink and white fruiting varieties that may be more attractive to some gardeners. They make an attractive compact tree for gardeners who have limited space available for trees in their garden.

Those looking for some more bang for their buck should consider crab apple trees as you will not only get autumn interest thanks to the berries but in spring you will have a fantastic display of blossom too. Malus Gorgeous produces fantastic ruby red fruit in autumn that many gardeners who like to cook will use to produce crab apple jelly with.

Add colour with a Japanese maple

Another iconic tree for autumn colour  to think about is Japanese maple as they really make a great addition to any garden. Japanese maples put on fantastic firework display of colour in autumn and the colour seems to intensify as it gets colder. They are slow growing which makes them great for for small gardens over even to have in a large container on a patio.

Written by Malachy


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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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