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a note of plants displaying outstanding fall colors as you drive around town and in the country. You may wish to incorporate some of these plants into your landscape. Fall color can often be enjoyed for a much longer period than the plant’s f lowers in spring. For this reason, it may be more desirable when selecting trees and shrubs for the landscape to consider greater emphasis on their fall features like leaf color and the unique look of the bark. Red is one of the dominant fall colors that we see in our temperate climate. Trees that turn red include dogwood, sweet gum, red and scarlet oak and red maple. Fall color is strongly inf luenced by the tree’s genetic makeup ~ more so than by the environment, although the type of growing season the tree has experienced does impact the intensity of the color. Trees selected in the fall when they are in full color can be expected to produce the same colors in future years. Red maple is one standard tree for good fall color. Cultivars of red maple that display outstanding color include Red Sunset ®, October Glory ®, Autumn Flame ®, Burgundy Belle ® and Redpointe ®. Shrubs with good red fall color include viburnum, winged euonymus and barberry. An excellent native shrub species that you

container plants with circling root systems. You can transplant deciduous trees and shrubs after they become dormant, usually after the first or second hard frost. You can also transplant evergreen trees and shrubs earlier in the fall before they become dormant. The exception to fall transplanting is pine seedlings. They do very poorly when transplanted in the fall because they are not able to develop a good root system before winter sets in. When selecting accent plants, consider their autumn color. Make

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