5 Top Texas Trees for Fall Color
October 12, 2017
It’s the time of year when night temperatures are finally starting to drop and everyone has a pumpkin out on their front porch. In just a few short weeks the trees will begin to show signs of fall color around Texas.
So what makes for a great fall color show? Simply put, sunny days and cool nights. These are the conditions that most favor the transition of pigments in plant leaves to reveal what we see as bright yellows, oranges, reds, and purples.
Since fall is the very best time to plant new trees in Texas, now’s a good time to choose the right varieties for your space. Not sure which trees provide the brightest fall color? Our list below is a good place to start!
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crape myrtles are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do they put on a lovely floral display all summer, the foliage of most varieties will turn brilliant shades of yellow, orange, purple, and red in fall. Plants are drought tolerant and easy to care for, making them the ideal addition to your landscape.
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
One of the earlier tree species to change color in our climate, foliage of Chinese Pistache changes from yellow to brilliant red. This rounded, medium-sized shade tree is a favorite for planting in Texas soils. Its shape and fall color make it a stand-out specimen in the landscape; plus, it won’t outgrow your smaller urban lot.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
If you want late foliage color that begins around Thanksgiving and extends into December, Japanese Maples are a good choice. Make sure you are planting them in the correct location--no full afternoon sun for these trees --but a bit of morning sun is beneficial. Japanese maples range in color from yellow to red, but some favorite red varieties suited to North Texas include ‘Bloodgood’ and ‘Crimson Queen.”
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Love bright yellow leaves? Then you’ll love Ginkgo. One of the oldest tree species on earth, ginkgo trees also have interesting fan-shaped leaves that make them a unique accent tree in your landscape. Ginkgo can grow in a variety of planting locations.
Shantung maple (Acer truncatum)
This particular variety of maple is widely adapted to North Texas and does well in our soils. In fact, Texas A&M rates this tree a Texas Superstar. This easy-to-grow shade tree has foliage that will turn many shades of different colors in fall and its more compact size makes it a beautiful addition in an urban landscape.