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Best Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color | Midwest Living

Add exciting color to your autumn garden with these easy-to-grow trees and shrubs.

Best Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color | Midwest Living

Best Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color

Add exciting color to your autumn garden with these easy-to-grow trees and shrubs.

Best Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color | Midwest Living

Best Trees & Shrubs for Fall Color

Add exciting color to your autumn garden with these easy-to-grow trees and shrubs.

Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) | "I knew I could smell cotton candy but there were none to be seen, yet that sweet sugar and cinnamon fragrance was wafting all around me. In confusion I mentioned it to one of the nursery staff who laughed and pointed me to the towering tree above me – a katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). Sure enough the richly colored, heart-shaped leaves that were falling like confetti all around me were the source of this wonderful fall fragrance."

Buy Cercidiphyllum japonicum - Katsura Tree from Johnstown Garden Centre, great value from Ireland's Garden Centre

Whether you’re looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, here are 20 ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns

A four-season beauty, serviceberries (Amelanchier selections) provide showy spring flowers, edible berries, spectacular fall color and ornamental gray bark.

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns  Seven-son flower Handsome peeling bark, fruit, seed heads and fragrant white flowers that mature to pinkish red in fall.  Has no serious insect or disease problems, and can thrive in a wide range of soils in full sun or part shade. Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) can be grown as a multistemmed shrub or trained as a single-trunk tree. Zones 5-9

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns

Handsome peeling bark, fruit, seed heads and fragrant white flowers that mature to pinkish red in fall makes one wonder why we don’t see more of this fast grower.

Whether you’re looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, here are 20 ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns Crab apple Crab apples (Malus selections) are some of the easiest and most beautiful trees to grow, if you choose a disease-resistant variety with persistent small fruits that won't make a mess when they fall.

Whether you’re looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, here are 20 ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns

Japanese lilac tree- Whether you’re looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, here are 20 ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.

A list of what to plant in April for the Central/Midwest Region of the United States.  From Mother Earth News.

A list of what to plant in April for the Central/Midwest Region of the United States. From Mother Earth News.

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is one tough tree, noted to survive northern winters with temperatures dipping to 30-below. Likewise, it tolerates soil conditions ranging from somewhat dry soils to wetter urban clay soils to soils in standing water. Pyramidal in form, it grows 50-70 feet tall with a 30- to 40-foot spread. And though it looks like an evergreen, this deciduous conifer’s feathery needles turn rusty orange and drop in fall. Zones 4-9.

20 Tough Trees for Midwest Lawns

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is one tough tree, noted to survive northern winters with temperatures dipping to 30-below. Likewise, it tolerates soil conditions ranging from somewhat dry soils to wetter urban clay soils to soils in standing water. Pyramidal in form, it grows 50-70 feet tall with a 30- to 40-foot spread. And though it looks like an evergreen, this deciduous conifer’s feathery needles turn rusty orange and drop in fall. Zones 4-9.

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