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Trees for Autumn Colour

Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'- A vigorous healthy large tree, with deeply cut leaves that turn rich red in autumn.

 Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Fantasy' - A large vigorous tree with rich red autumn leaf colour. One of the best of this hybrid group.

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine' - An oval headed tree with spectacular red and purple  autumn colour              

Acer rubrum 'October Glory' -A form of the Canadian Maple with rich red autumn colour. A large specimen tree.

Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset' - Upright in growth. A large tree with spectacular autumn colour.

Acer rubrum 'Scanlon' - Medium-sized tree, upright and broadly columnar up to 20m. Great autumn colour. Not chalk.  Will tolerate exposed sites.

Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley' - A vigorous form with spectacular long-lasting red autumn colour. 7m x 3.5m

Acer saccharinum - Fast-growing maple, a large tree reaching 17 -22 m   ideal for parkland. Tolerates wet and clay. Lovely yellow leaves in autumn. Do not prune.

Acer saccharum - The source of maple syrup. A large tree with spectacular autumn colour.

Acer x freemanii Morgan - Vivid autumn colour. Hybrid of silver and red maples.   Full sun/partial shade. Sheltered location. 6 x 4 m in 10 years

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' -Fastigiate form with a dense branch structure. White star-shaped flowers. Leaves emerge bronze, turning to green and then orange-yellow in the autumn. Small fruits. 4 x 3 in 10 years

Amelanchier arborea 'Robin Hill' - Profuse white flowers in spring, the foliage emerges bronze and turns green in spring. Fantastic autumn colour. Likes moist well-drained soil. Prefers acid soils. 3 -7 m height.

Amelanchier canadenis -  A large suckering shrub with white spring blossom and fiery autumn colour. Tolerant of wet sites. Dislikes Chalk. Full Sun/Partial Shade.

Amelanchier 'La Paloma' - A small bushy tree with masses of snowy white flowers in  April. 4 x 4 m in 20 years. Suitable for most soils including damp, also good for urban areas. In Autumn leaves are fiery red and orange.           

Amelanchier laevis 'Snowflakes' - Small tree or large bush of ascending habit. Large single white flowers in April. Foliage emerges copper turning green. Bronze/red autumn colour. Full sun/partial shade. Wet tolerant.

Amelanchier lamarckii - A small bushy tree with bronze young growth, white flowers and rich autumn Colour. Well-drained but moist sites. Clay or sandy soils. Full Sun/Partial shade. 4m x 3m

Betula albosinensis  'Pink Champagne' - A tree up to 15 with a spreading crown. Striking pale pink peeling bark. Happy in clay, full sun or partial shade. Pretty catkins in spring.

Betula albosinensis 'Fascination'  - Medium size pyramidal form. Peeling deep orange bark turns a pale pink-white. All soils, moist/well-drained to well-drained. Full sun/partial shade. 7 - 12 m mature height. 

Betula albosinensis 'Hergest' - A rare selection of birch with matt green finely toothed green leaves. Light copper brown shiny bark with white lenticels on the branches changing to pink at the base.   6 x 4m in 10 yrs. Fast-growing.

Betula albosinensis 'Kansu' - A beautiful tree with pinky-red stems bloomed with grey. Very attractive catkins.                

Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda' Strongly growing upright form. Coppery-pink  early peeling bark reveals grey and purple shades underneath. Yellow leave in autumn. Wet, chalk and clay tolerant, prefers acid. 6 x 4  in 10 yrs.

Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill'  Open slender habit, peeling cream and pink bark on the trunk. Glossy green leaves turn yellow in autumn. All sites, sheltered or exposed. Full sun or partial shade.  12m x 8m ultimate height.

Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear' - Very strong growing, quickly develops pure white trunk. Heavy branch structure, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn. Catkins in spring. all sites, full sun. 12 x 8 m       

Betula 'Fetisowii' - Peeling cream chalk-white bark. Suitable for a smaller garden. Narrow-headed. Rich yellow in autumn. All sites. 6cm x 4m.   Best in full sun.

Betula Nigra (River Birch)                                                             

Betula nigra 'Black Star' Excellent display of peeling papery pinkish bark. Neat habit with an airy canopy of glossy green foliage, yellow in autumn. All  sites. Best in full sun. 6 x 4 m in 10 yrs.  

Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch)                                                 

Betula pen. Dalecarlica -  Delicate cut leaf tree, very graceful. Golden leaves in autumn. 8 m x 2 m high in 25 years.                               

Betula pendula 'Golden Fountain' - Golden leaved form, good-sized leaves that do not scorch in full sun. Creamy white bark develops black fissures with age. All sites. 6 x 4m in 10 years.        

Betula pendula 'Royal Frost' - Purple leaved birch, leaves turn orange-red in autumn.   White and orange bark develops as the tree matures.    Drought and wet tolerant.           

Betula pendula 'Spider Alley' - A small tree up to 8 m. Twisted stems and branches. Diamond-shaped green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. Silvery white peeling bark with pink and red on younger branches.

Betula pendula 'Tristis'  -  An elegant medium-sized tree. The branchlets hang in graceful curtains.                            

Betula pendula 'Youngii' - An unusual weeping tree with branches that can reach the ground. Rough white bark which fissures with age. Catkins in spring and yellow autumn colour. Medium tree. Likes acid.       Wet, clay and chalk tolerant.

Betula utilis Wakehurst Place Chocolate -  One of the darkest birch available, a rich chocolate bark. Upright growth habit, green foliage turning golden in autumn. Wet, clay and drought tolerant. prefers acid. 6 x 4          

Betula utilis jac. 'Doorenbos' -  A vigorous tree with a broad conical shape. Very white stem and dark green leaves. This is the most common clonal form of  B utilis jacquemontii in the trade. All soils.           

Betula utilis jac. 'Knighthayes'  -   An unusual with dazzling white stems and pendulous branch ends, similar to B pendula 'Tristis'. Full sun, light shade. Most soil, Tolerates exposed locations.             

Betula utilis jac. 'Mcbeath' - Slow growing, upright habit. One of whitest birches. Ideal for small gardens. Yellow leaves in autumn. Catkins in spring. All sites. 4 x 3 m in 10 years.  

Betula utilis jac. 'Silver Shadow' -  A smaller, more slow-growing form than most of this species. Stunningly attractive, with very white bark and large glossy leaves. Long yellow catkins. Wet & clay tolerant. Full sun              

Betula utilis jac.'Trinity College'  - A new selection with white birch from an early age. Upright and graceful, light canopy. Yellow autumn colour. All sites  6m x 4 m in 10 years. Fastigiate. 

Betula utilis jacquemontii -  A medium-sized tree prized for its smooth bright white bark. Upright habit. All soil types, well-drained. Shallow rooting                       

Betula utilis 'Moonbeam' - Smaller than other birches, attractive white peeling bark.  Yellow leaves in autumn. All sites. 4 x 3 m in 10 years.      Spreading habit.              

Betula utilis 'Nepalese Orange'  - An unusual form with rich orange, smooth and peeling bark with horizontal bands of lenticels. A light canopy provides dappled shade. Yellow catkins. Very hardy.  6 x 4 m in 10 years.        

Cercidiphyllum japonicum - A handsome tree with dainty foliage that smells of candy floss in autumn when it turns gold.

Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder'   A stunning small tree. Large white bracts in May and rich autumn leaf colour.                

Cornus florida Cherokee Princess - White flowering Chinese dogwood. Early heavy flowering. Mid green leaves, lighter than other Cornus.Copper in autumn  Red fruit in summer. 4 m x 4 m upright spreading habit.

Cornus florida 'Rainbow'  - A large shrub or small tree, dense upright habit. Abundant white flowers in April/May. Green leaves with gold margins turning red/purple with scarlet margins in autumn. 3 x 3m            

Cornus Florida -    A small bushy tree with attractive white bracts in May and rich autumn colour.                        

Cornus florida 'Cloud Nine' - Large white bracts and fiery autumn leaf colour.                               

Cornus florida 'Daybreak' - A upright deciduous shrub with a spreading habit. Variegated dark green leaf with light margin, turns pink and red in autumn. Small green flowers in May/June. Small tree. shade tolerant.

Cornus kousa  -   An elegant small tree with white bracts and bronze autumn leaf colour.                        

Cornus kousa ' Cappuccino'   - A flowering dogwood with bronze foliage & handsome flowers. Leaves emerge green and turn bronze in summer.        Vibrant colour in autumn. 4 x 3 m            

Cornus kousa 'Chinensis'  - A more tree-like form with bigger leaves, abundant fruits and rich autumn colour. All soils. Moist/Well drained, well-drained. 4 m x 4 m in 20 years.  

Cornus kousa 'Milky Way' - A vigorous upright form with profuse white bracts and autumn fruits.                  

Cornus kousa Schmetterling - Upright and compact, dark green leaves turning red, orange and yellow in the autumn. White flower bracts followed by red strawberry-like fruits. 4 x 4 m.            

Cornus kousa 'White Fountain' -  Produces profuse large white bracts that weigh the branches down, hence fountain.                               

Cornus Mas (Cornelian Cherry)  A small tree with bold, frost hardy yellow blossom in        Feb/Mar, followed by edible fruits. Rich autumn leaf colour.                 

Crataegus persimilis prunifolia – A striking small round-headed tree with showy fruits and good autumn colour

Fagus sylvatica and cultivars – The native beech tree

Gingko biloba and cultivars – The Maidenhair Tree. An ancient species with distinctive lobed leaves that turn rich gold in autumn

Liquidambar s. 'Slender Silhouette' - A very slender columnar form of this popular species,            with the usual fiery autumn colour. Moist/Well-drained soils                Full sun. sheltered.

Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum) - Glossy maple like leaves, wonderful autumn colour. Full sun/partial shade. Exposed.  15 - 20 m height.         

Liquidamber styrac' 'Lane Roberts' - A large-leaved form, with red/black autumn colour.  Larger broad crowned tree. Most soils not chalk. Full sun/Partial shade. Exposed sites.

Liquidamber styraciflua 'Worplesden - A form with more narrowly lobed leaves that turn red, yellow and gold in autumn. Pyramidal in form. Maple like leaves.    Most fertile soils. Moist/well-drained. Full sun, sheltered.

Liriodendron tul' 'Fastigiatum' - A handsome, broadly columnar, form of the Tulip Tree.                  

Liriodendron tul. 'Snow Bird' - Striking Variegated leaves. An upright form, pyramidal crown. Reaching 20m. Full sun/partial shade. Exposed or sheltered. Yellow autumn leaves.

Liriodendron tulipifera - Pyramidal form. Yellow tulip-like flowers in June/July. Wildlife value. 10m x 6 m in 20 yrs. Most soils. Well-drained,      not dry and chalky. Tolerates wind.

Malus hupehensis – Plentiful scented white flowers. Small red fruits. One of the finest crabs

Malus transitoria and cultivars – A beautiful small tree with profuse white blossom, amber fruits and good autumn leaf colour

Malus tschonoskii – A vigorous upright species with striking autumn colour

Metasequoia glyptostroboides -The Dawn Redwood. A vigorous, deciduous conifer, with red sinuous stems and rich pink/red autumn colour. Very tolerant of moist or wet sites.

Prunus ‘Beni Yutaka’ – A newly introduced Japanese cherry. A vigorous tree with good autumn colour and deep pink semi-double flowers in early spring

Prunus ‘Okame’ – A small tree, flowers deep pink in February/March. Good autumn colour

Prunus sargentii – Spectacular autumn foliage. Small pink flowers

Prunus x yedoensis – A beautiful garden tree. Flowers early, pale blush, almond scented. Fiery autumn colour

Pyrus callyreana ‘Chanticleer’ – A narrow-growing flowering tree with glossy foliage

Quercus palustris – The American Pin Oak. A large elegant tree with good autumn colour

Quercus rubra – The Red Oak. A handsome, large, fast-growing American species

Sorbus commixta ‘Embley’ – Probably the best Rowan for Autumn colour, glowing red studded with large bunches of fruit

Sorbus ‘Hillings Spire’ – A handsome totally fastigiate rowan. Much more vigorous than S. aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’

Sorbus sargentiana – A large magnificent Chinese species. Sticky red winter buds, good autumn colour and huge bunches of red fruits

Viburnum opulus – Geulder Rose. An attractive large native shrub with masses of red fruits and fiery autumn leaf colour