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5 Plants with Fall Color

3 min read | Oct 7, 2015 | Plants 

We are often asked, “Is fall a good time to plant?”  The answer?  “Absolutely!”  By mid fall many plants are beginning a state of dormancy and very little is occurring with above ground growth. Planting trees and shrubs in the fall allows for an expanded root system to develop before next Spring.   A deeply rooted plant will be able to tolerate the many stress factors effecting our plants during the summer months.  Proper planting techniques, appropriate fertilizers, and consistent watering are essential for developing healthy trees and shrubs.

Naturally, in early fall Fairview Garden Center is filled with the latest and greatest trees and shrubs to help add interest and pizzazz to your landscape through the cooler months.  Here are a few of our favorites from the nursery that would be a great addition to your landscape this season:

Lespedeza ‘Little Volcano’


lespedeza flowers

This bush clover is an upright mounding shrub with arching branches.  It’s blue-green leaves turn a golden yellow before dropping in the fall. October is the peak blooming season for the reddish-lavender pea like flowers that cover the branches.   Details:

  • Height 2-5′  Width 5-10′
  • Sun
  • Deciduous
  • Fast growth rate
  • Non-invasive

Nyssa ‘Green Gable’

green gable black gum tree

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This Black Gum has an upright, pyramidal growth habit with uniform branching.  Summer foliage is shiny, deep green, with fall color transforming to brilliant red.   Details:

  • Height 50′  Width 25′
  • Sun to part shade
  • Wet site and clay soil tolerant
  • Native
  • Great alternative to Pear trees

Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood

redtwig dogwood

The Arctic Fire Red Twig Dogwood is a dwarf deciduous shrub. The stems are a striking red color in the fall followed by white flowers in the spring.   Details:

  • Height 4′  Width 4′
  • Sun to partial shade
  • Fall interest
  • Deer resistant
  • North American Native Selection

Callicarpa americana

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American Beautyberry is a wonderful shrub featuring small blue flowers in summer followed by a spectacular display of bright purple berries in fall even after the leaves drop.

  • 5 – 6’ H x 4 – 6’ W
  • Part shade
  • Great for flower arrangements

Thuja occidentalis ‘Sunkist’

sunkist arborvitae close

sunkist arborvitae shape

This semi-dwarf evergreen Arborvitae has a compact growth habit with a pyramidal form. Its stunning golden foliage turns dark yellow to orange in the fall.  Details:

  • Height 4-6′  Width 4-6′
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Fast growing
  • Low maintenance

In early fall the Fairview Garden Center nursery department is fully stocked with beautiful trees and shrubs just waiting to get their roots in the ground.  It’s the perfect time to plant, let us help you find the right plant for the right spot in your yard!

Happy Fall Planting!

Nita, Nursery Manager