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Plants for Fall Color

Find plants that develop colorful fall foliage in shades ranging from reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and maroon shades. Some may show all of these colors! More sun generally makes for better fall color.

Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'

A vigorous and reliable Oakleaf Hydrangea selection with sturdy stems and good sun tolerance. The 10-14" white bloom panicles, with individual blooms as large as a half-dollar, are borne in spring and fade to pink. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are beloved in the garden not only for their blooms but they also have the beautiful oak-leaf shaped foliage, which turns to shades of pink, red, burgundy, and purple in fall along with the interesting peeling bark on older stems. Item# 9103

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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Amber Glow™ Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'WAH-08AG' PPTBS

Bright golden yellow feathery foliage on this tall stately tree makes for a brilliant contrast with surrounding evergreens. In fall, the Amber Glow™ Dawn Redwood takes on shades of orange and amber. This species is one of the oldest living conifers in the world known to have existed for at least 50 million years and is considered a living fossil. This is a naturally narrowly pyramidal deciduous tree that is similar to our native Bald Cypress. It develops a large trunk with textured bark and deep flutes (or ridges) and can grow at a relatively fast rate 70-100'. Item# 11427

Grows To: 70-100'H x 20-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$19.99
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After losing its cloak of orange, yellow, and red fall color the honey sweet, dark orange and black, 1-1/2" wide fruits of the American Persimmon become readily visible. The fully ripe fruit of this easy to grow native tree will not be likely to win a beauty contest with dark red orange skin speckled with black but on your palette it is like eating persimmon candy. Provide the American Persimmon with good drainage and give it plenty of room to grow. Our plants are seedlings and you will need a male and female for pollination. Item# 10930
 
BLACKISH ROOTS ARE NORMAL, AND CAN BE USED FOR ROOT BEER TEA, IN MODERATION.

Grows To: 30-60'H*
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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The dainty white flowers of spring are soon followed by bumpy green fruits that mature to pink and then nearly to red. Once fully mature the pods split open to display the bright orange seeds inside giving it the name of Hearts-A-Burstin'. The American Strawberry bush is typically a deciduous to tardily deciduous large shrub (this selection seems to be more consistently evergreen) with green stems and dark to medium green, somewhat glossy foliage that is native to much of the eastern and central US. Excellent fall color in oranges, reds, and yellows. Images of fruit courtesy of Susan Thomas Spell. Item# 10218.

Grows To: 4-6'+H x 3-6'+W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 12
US$14.99

The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 60
US$11.99

Large clusters of white late spring flowers produce green berries that ripen to a blue-black. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators and the edible fruits attract a variety of wildlife, especially birds. Arrowwood Viburnum is a vigorous growing, naturally rounded, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with rich green foliage and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Fall color includes yellows, orange, reds, and near purple. Arrowwood Viburnum makes an easy hedge, background specimen, or screen. Easy and reliable. Item# 10320.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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Cannot Ship To: AZ,CA

Blue Ice Bluestar

Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

With some of the deepest blue flowers of any Amsonia and a consistently compact habit, Blue Ice has become one of the most popular Bluestar cultivars on the market. The clusters of deep blue, starry flowers open from deep violet buds and will be sure to brighten any spring garden. Yellow fall color adds to its interest. Bluestars are pest, disease, and deer resistant perennials that are considered to be somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10652.

Grows To: 12-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$7.99
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Centennial Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

One of the largest flowering and possibly the most vigorous of the Star Magnolias, Centennial was selected and introduced by the Arnold Arboretum to honor its 100th anniversary. In late winter and early spring this small tree produces a great show of 5 1/2" wide, white and pink tinted, fragrant flowers on bare branches. Medium green foliage follows the flowers in spring and for us it often attains yellow and brown fall color. Item# 10729.

Grows To: 20-30'H x 20-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Centennial Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

One of the largest flowering and possibly the most vigorous of the Star Magnolias, Centennial was selected and introduced by the Arnold Arboretum to honor its 100th anniversary. In late winter and early spring this small tree produces a great show of 5 1/2" wide, white and pink tinted, fragrant flowers on bare branches. Medium green foliage follows the flowers in spring and for us it often attains yellow and brown fall color. Item# 10959.

Grows To: 20-30'H x 20-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Cherry Explosion™ Bigleaf Hydrangea (Lacecap)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'McKay' PPAF

Big deep cherry red florets surround the smaller pink star shaped fertile flowers of this exceptionally cold hardy Hydrangea when grown in alkaline soils. In acid soils the colors tend toward lavender or purple hues. Cherry Explosion™ Hydrangea flowers on new wood and on seemingly every stem and thus extending its range into zone 4. Fall color ranges into deep burgundy on this compact naturally rounded growing Hydrangea. An exciting new introduction from McKay Nursery Company and Star Roses. Image courtesy of Star Roses, all rights reserved. Item# 11120

Grows To: 4'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
US$14.99

Dwarf Blue Plumbago, Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Plumbago larpentiae

Intense blue blooms are held in clusters atop this durable low spreading perennial. A good choice as a groundcover for hot sunny, well-drained locations. Item# 1173.

Grows To: 8-10''H and spreading 12''+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
US$7.99

Gatsby™ Star Double Flowered Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Doughill' PP 25412, CBRAF

An amazing double flowered Oakleaf Hydrangea, Gatsby's™ Star produces loads of large, starry, fully double, green-eyed white florets atop the long conical spikes of green fertile flowers. Sturdy stems are adorned with the typical large fuzzy, olive green, deeply cut foliage that changes to shades of red, burgundy, and purple for fall. Winter reveals tan and coppery hued peeling bark on curving stems and winter buds waiting for springs warmth. Item# 10905.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Large drooping panicles of fragrant fleecy-white flowers adorn this small, native tree in spring and are followed by clusters of tiny black olive-like fruit in summer and fall and are great for birds. The Grancy Graybeard is a tough and adaptable small deciduous tree with a medium rate of growth that is makes an excellent understory tree, specimen, or in mixed natural landscapes. It is also tolerant of urban settings. Item# 10958.

Grows To: 12-20'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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Hamabo Hibiscus

Hibiscus hamabo, H. tiliaceus var. hamabo

3-5" wide primrose yellow flowers with a burgundy eye that quickly fade to orange and near red are produced in summer on this vigorous large shrub to small tree-like Hibiscus with glossy rounded foliage. The Hamabo Hibiscus is an unusual species from China that is salt tolerant and provides beautiful fall colors ranging from yellows to near reds before dropping its deciduous foliage for the winter. Item# 11303

Grows To: 6-15'H x 4-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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Helen Fredel Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata atrosanguinea 'Helen Fredel'

Texas big blooms are a hallmark of this rich orange flowered crossvine. This is an absolute show stopper when in full bloom! Produces a huge mass of 2-1/2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some flowers throughout summer. A vigorous and disease free southern native. 'Helen Fredel' is another excellent introduction from noted Texas horticulturist and author Greg Grant. Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. Item# 9576.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 26
US$12.99

Leonard Messel Loebner Magnolia

Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel', Magnolia kobus var. loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

In late winter dark purplish-pink buds open to fragrant 3-4" wide starry white flowers blushed purplish-pink on the outside producing an overall pink effect especially from below. Leonard Messel Magnolia is a vigorous growing upright to rounded deciduous hybrid Magnolia that is noted for its frost resistant buds and flowers. The flowers open before the tree leafs out in early spring and flowers before the Tulip Magnolia, Magnolia x soulangeana. Provide a well-drained soil, an organic mulch, and a full to mostly sunny site for the best results. An older hybrid but still a reliable favorite and an RHS Award of Garden Merit selection. Item# 11100

Grows To: 15-20'H X 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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Little Ruby™ Dogwood

Cornus 'NCCH1' PP26,542

Double and single dark pink to near red blossoms are produced in early spring on this semi-evergreen (evergreen down to about 15oF), densely branched and compact Dogwood. Little Ruby Dogwood produces deep red tinged new growth and has excellent deep red to maroon fall color that holds through much of winter. Grow this hardy and disease resistant hybrid as a medium to large shrub or train it into a small specimen tree. Little Ruby™ Dogwood is the first release in a line of new hybrid Dogwoods developed through the breeding and selection work of Dr. Tom Ranney and the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab at NCSU. It is considered to be resistant to Dogwood anthracnose as well as powdery mildew. Coming for 2017! Item# 11122

Grows To: 8-12'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Morning sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Lord Byron Viburnum

Viburnum 'Lord Byron' (V. obovatum x V. rufidulum)

Large flattened to slightly rounded clusters of clean white flowers are produced over a long period in late winter and early spring and attract a myriad of pollinators and other garden beneficials. Young stems are deep red to maroon and the foliage is glossy and deep dark green creating a nicely contrasting foil for the white flowers. Lord Byron Viburnum is a hybrid of our natives Viburnum obovatum and V. rufidulum and exhibits the durability and adaptability of both species with a close resemblance to V. rufidulum, the Rusty Blackhaw. Lord Byron naturally develops into a medium to large shrub and its only drawback is that it tends to produce suckers, in our experience, which may be desirable particularly in naturalistic settings. Easy and low maintenance with excellent vigor. Item# 11497

Grows To: 8-12'+H x 6-8'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
Temporarily Out of Stock
Cannot Ship To: AZ,CA

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Seedlings)

Hydrangea quercifolia (seedlings)

The Oakleaf Hydrangea produces large white conical flower heads with large white sterile florets. The flowers are long lasting and fade through shades of pink and change to buff colors in the fall. The large unusual oak-leaf shaped, soft new foliage is somewhat olive green in spring, matures to a medium green and changes to reds, oranges, and purples in fall. Winter shows off the Oakleaf Hydrangeas peeling buff and coppery colored bark and tiny buds which look like praying hands at the tips of the stems. A native of the southeastern US, these are seedlings and so the number and size of sterile florets, overall flower size, and mature plant size may vary slightly from the image shown, the image provided is an example only. Item#11081

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 1
US$11.99

Peter's Peach Creek Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Willow

Itea virginica 'Peter's Peach Creek'

Spikes of long drooping fragrant white flowers are produced in late spring and early summer that are excellent for pollinators like bees. Peter's Peach Creek Virginia Sweetspire was selected by Peter Loos for its longer flowering season and its nearly evergreen foliage that can turn fiery shades of yellow, orange, and red in especially cold winters. This selection originates from the southwestern most portion of this easy to grow native shrub's range. Virginia Sweetspire is a naturally suckering, normally deciduous shrub well suited for use in gardens, landscapes, as well as natural areas. Item# 11382

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 32
US$9.99

Rosa's Blush Darrow's Dwarf Blueberry

Vaccinium darrowii 'Rosa's Blush'

Yes it fruits but it's fine textured evergreen foliage is fantastic! The bright pink new growth of spring matures to a dusty blue-green with hints of pink in summer, followed by deep purplish-blue in fall which deepens through winter. Clusters of 3/8" edible blue fruit that ripen in May-June, follow the light pink bell-shaped flowers of early spring. Rosa's Blush is grown mainly for its compact habit and beautifully colored, fine textured, ever-changing foliage as the berries ripen a few at the time over a long period. Pick the blue-black fruit once fully soft for the best flavor and like most blueberries a cross pollinator is required for the best fruit set. Item# 9206.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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Cannot Ship To: AZ,CA,GA,MI,OR,WA

Royal Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star', M. kobus var stellata 'Royal Star'

A delight in late winter as the 3-4'' fragrant white blossoms open to the warming days. Begins flowering long before the light green new growth emerges and continues until the tree is fully clothed in its medium green cloak of spring foliage. Easy to grow.  Item # 958.

Grows To: 8-12'H X 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 6
US$14.99

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'

A US National Arboretum introduction, Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea is designed to have a compact rounded form but with plenty of flower power producing loads of large, uniform elongated clusters of flowers that start out white, change to pink, and ultimately to a deep rosy pink. The beautiful velvety Oak-leaf like foliage is a rich medium green but deepens to purples and reds in fall. Images courtesy of the US National Arboretum website. Item# 10528.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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Sassafras

Sassafras albidum, Laurus albidus

A beautiful native tree, the Sassafras produces reliable orange, red, yellow, and even pink fall color even in southern regions of the US. Yellow to greenish-yellow, lightly fragrant spring flowers are born in clusters at the tips of the bare green stems as they herald the arrival of spring. Female trees may produce clusters of large, shiny dark blue to blue-black "cherries" that sit atop bright red pedicels that birds and other wildlife will adore. The foliage, besides being edible by humans, is used by the Spicebush, Palamedes, and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies as a host plant. The Sassafras tree is generally fast growing and pyramidal when young and normally develops into a small to medium sized tree although rather large specimens are known to exist. Sassafras was selected as the Georgia Native Plant Society's 2013 Plant of the Year! Item# 9824.

Grows To: 30-50'H x 15-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$11.99
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Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'

A vigorous and reliable Oakleaf Hydrangea selection with sturdy stems and good sun tolerance. The 10-14" white bloom panicles, with individual blooms as large as a half-dollar, are borne in spring and fade to pink. Oakleaf Hydrangeas are beloved in the garden not only for their blooms but they also have the beautiful oak-leaf shaped foliage, which turns to shades of pink, red, burgundy, and purple in fall along with the interesting peeling bark on older stems. Item# 9103

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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