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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.

 

Little Ruby™ Dogwood

Cornus 'NCCH1' PP 26542

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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

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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' (a.k.a. 'Nana', 'Compacta', 'Macrocarpa')

Extra large, reportedly to nearly 1/2" in diameter, brilliant red berries literally cover up this dwarf and compact deciduous shrub throughout much of winter and may last into spring. Red Sprite Dwarf Winterberry Holly, a.k.a 'Nana', 'Compacta, and 'Macrocarpa', is a USDA release that won the 2010 Holly of the Year Award from the Holly Society of America. This adaptable native shrub drops its foliage early to better show of its display of colorful berries. It can be used en masse to great effect, as a low informal hedge, or as a specimen plant near the front of the garden or landscape. Red Sprite is even small enough to enjoy as a medium-sized container plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Needs a male holly, of any species, for pollination that flowers at the same time. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Item# 11887

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Redneck Nation Alabama Witch Alder, Fothergilla

Fothergilla milleri 'Redneck Nation'

Dense bottlebrush-like flowers composed of fragrant frilly white to cream colored flowers are produced atop the tips of the bare stems in late winter or early spring. Redneck Nation Fothergilla or Witch Alder is a moderately dense growing small to medium sized deciduous suckering native shrub with showy gray-green and bronze new growth that matures to blue-green in summer and produces fall color in shades of red, orange, and yellow. This species is new to science as of 2020! The the cultivar name is in honor of its original discovery by botanist and naturalist Fred Nation in Baldwin County, Alabama and the species name honors Dr. Ron Miller. Provide an average moist, well-drained, acidic soil in full to partly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Redneck Nation Fothergilla can be used as a low growing and low maintenance informal hedge or as a specimen plant in the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings. Flowers will be similar to those shown although this is an image of Mt. Airy Fothergilla. Item# 12165

 

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Red, purple, and burgundy foliage adorn the zigzagging purplish-red stems in fall through winter and in spring the new growth is a rich red that matures to deep green for summer. Drooping clusters of bell-shaped white to light pink flowers are produced in early to midspring and attract native bees. ReJoyce Leucothoe has a naturally dense fountaining habit with narrow medium textured foliage on a compact low maintenance native evergreen shrub. Provide this selection of our native Leucothoe axillaris with a moist well-drained acidic soil in an area that receives cool (early morning or very late evening) or filtered sunlight. ReJoyce Leucothoe is suitable for use as a container specimen in medium to large containers or as a component of the garden and landscape. Images courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 11899

Grows To: 2-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool or filtered sunlight, AM sun, Partial sun, Light shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large somewhat rounded clusters of white flowers are held above the shiny, rich green foliage. The flowers are followed by large light green fruit that ripen to pink and finally to blue-black and are relished by birds. Excellent fall color and interesting, nearly Dogwood-like bark. Considered by many a choice replacement for the Flowering Dogwoods as it can grow into a large shrub or small deciduous tree. A tough, long-lived, and durable native. Item# 10235.

Grows To: 10-20'+H x 6-12'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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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
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Clusters of white spring flowers are followed by green berries that slowly change through pink, to blue, and to near black once mature. The glossy, bronze-tinged, medium green, deciduous foliage of the Withe-rod Viburnum produces fall color in red and purple tones. This is an upright to rounded, medium-sized native shrub commonly found near wet areas. Considered by some to have the best tasting fruit of our native Viburnums giving it the name of Wild Raisin. Item# 10382

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Summer Snowflakes Viburnum, Japanese Snowball Bush

Viburnum plicatulum var. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflakes'

A seemingly ever-blooming viburnum producing white lace-cap hydrangea-like blooms from spring to fall. The flowers are often followed by bright red fruit. The beautiful quilted and pleated foliage of Summer Snowflakes turns a deep purplish-red in fall. A 2004 Georgia Gold Medal winning shrub. Item# 1187.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sunset Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Sunset'

Large red berries cover the bare stems of this native deciduous shrub beginning in fall and lasting throughout much of winter and possibly into spring. Sunset Winterberry Holly develops into a medium-sized well branched shrub with a an upright to vase-shaped habit when young broadening with age. The textured deep green foliage may provide some yellow fall color prior to leaf fall if grown in full sun. Winterberry Hollies are easy to grow adaptable shrubs that produce clusters of small white flowers in spring that provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. Sunset Winterberry Holly is a female and so will need a male pollinator that flowers at the same time for maximum berry production. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Item# 11888

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Loads of glossy black, 3/8", thin skinned, very sweet huckleberries (actually blueberries) begin ripening in mid April often lasting through May. This is one of the earliest ripening native blueberries and we selected this variety for its exceptionally sweet, tender fruit and its heavy bearing characteristics. An excellent berry for pancakes, muffins, pies, and certainly fresh eating. An Almost Eden Exclusive introduction! In limited supply. Item# 10832.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty', Anisostichus capreolata, Doxantha capreolata

A show stopper! Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine produces a huge mass of 2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some blooms throughout summer on well-established vines. An easily grown and vigorous clinging native evergreen vine that can easily grow up masonry, tree bark, or other structures without support.Cross Vines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, and large trellises. The trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. The unusual compound, glossy, dark green foliage takes on orange, red, bronze, and purple tones when grown in full sun during fall and winter.  Item# 670.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty', Anisostichus capreolata, Doxantha capreolata

A show stopper! Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine produces a huge mass of 2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some blooms throughout summer on well-established vines. An easily grown and vigorous clinging native evergreen vine that can easily grow up masonry, tree bark, or other structures without support.Cross Vines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, and large trellises. The trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. The unusual compound, glossy, dark green foliage takes on orange, red, bronze, and purple tones when grown in full sun during fall and winter.  Item# 670.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Woodland Aster, Calico Aster, Starved Aster, One-sided Aster

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, Aster lateriflorus

In fall loads of dainty 1/2" wide white daisies with a pinkish-purplish 'eye' literally cover the plant for weeks and offer nectar and pollen to smaller pollinators. The White Woodland Aster or Calico Aster, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, is a small bushy clump forming native perennial common throughout the Eastern and Central US and spilling over into Canada. It is a common component of our local Pineywoods region that adds a bolt of color beneath that of the changing foliage as well as providing a pollinator food source at a time when many plants have gone to seed for the year but native bees are still stockpiling. The White Woodland Aster is fairly tolerant of full sun to partly shaded sites and is a good choice for meadows, prairies, and roadside plantings. It may reseed on exposed soils, although it does not appear to be aggressive. Caterpillar host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Item# 12039

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Only one of two Amsonia species to receive a 5-star rating in the Chicago Botanic Gardens trials! Showy clusters of light blue star-shaped 1" wide flowers are produced in spring atop sturdy stems cloaked in dark green willow-like foliage. The Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar has the same basic habit and growth requirements of the more common Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, but with larger showier flower clusters that seem to cover the plant, a neat dense vase-shaped habit, and clean disease resistant foliage. An easy to grow, clump-forming native perennial that is tolerant of wet to average moist soils preferring a full to mostly sunny site in the garden and landscape. The flowers of Bluestars attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11945

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Woodlander's Blue Dusty Zenobia, Honeycup

Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlaner's Blue', Andromeda cassinefolia

Grown mainly for it's beautiful silvery blue-green foliage, Woodlander's Blue Zenobia also produces large spikes of fragrant anise-scented, 3/8" wide, bell-shaped white flowers in spring and often golden, and sometimes even red and purple, fall color that may last well into winter. Excellent for mass plantings in moist acid soils that are well-drained. Item# 10154.

Grows To: 2-4'+H x 3-5'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Little Ruby™ Dogwood

Cornus 'NCCH1' PP 26542

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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