5 Deciduous Trees with Autumn Colours

5 Deciduous Trees with Autumn Colours

Arundel Arboretum continues to be transformed into a spectacle of vibrant autumn colours as our deciduous trees continue their journey into their dormant winter months. 

We have a superb selection of deciduous trees in stock.  If you are looking to plant a tree with specific autumn interest now is the time to visit Arundel Arboretum.  Our trees are displaying vibrant reds, fiery oranges and buttery yellows.  You will be able to see the trees in all of their autumn glory and decide on the best tree for your garden.  Our knowledgeable team will be able to offer you excellent advice to ensure you purchase the right tree for your conditions.

To help get you started on what tree to choose, here are five that are currently looking particularly good:

Quercus rubra (Red Oak\American Red Oak)

Quercus rubra is also known as the Red Oak or American Red Oak. Quercus rubra is a fast growing, broad-headed large deciduous tree. It has an open, spreading crown with leaves that can grow in excess of 20cm. Its large green leaves turn a ruby-red then brown in the autumn. Quercus rubra produces insignificant green flowers in the spring. It can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered or exposed position. Quercus rubra has an eventual height of 12m and a spread of 8m.

Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Betula pendula is a native deciduous tree, and can be either a multi-stem or single trunk tree. It has a soft, gentle weeping habit with arching branches. Its diamond-shaped fresh green leaves turn a delicate yellow in the autumn. Betula pendula has a maximum height of between 7-12m, so does require plenty of space to grow. It can tolerate most soils, but does not like coastal or dry positions. Betula pendula has attractive, creamy-white peeling bark, which becomes marked with dark rugged cracks at the base with age. Yellow-brown catkins are produced in the spring.

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’

Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ is a large deciduous tree, with erect main branches.  Dark green, lobed leaves appear in spring, which turn a fantastic brilliant crimson in the autumn. Crimson flowers appear in spring on its bare branches. This variety of Acer has an eventual height of 12m+.  It can be planted in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position.  If you have the space and are looking for impressive red in the autumn, then this is a tree worthy of consideration.

Acer platanoides ‘Princeton Gold’

Acer platanoides ‘Princeton Gold’ is a medium sized deciduous tree.  It produces clusters of small yellow flowers in the spring. These are followed by bright striking golden yellow leaves in spring and summer.  Later in the year, it will produce seeds. It is a resilient, hardy tree. Its autumn colours are looking particularly impressive now. It can tolerate most soil types and can cope with pollution.

Amelanchier canadensis (Shadbush)

Amelanchier canadensis is a small deciduous tree, which can also be grown as a large shrub. It produces masses of white flowers in spring. These are followed by green-red fruits, which eventually turn black. This is an excellent tree for birds. The mid-green leaves turn yellow\red\orange in the autumn. Amelanchier canadensis prefers a well-drained soil.

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