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5 Trees with Vibrant Fall Leaves

In this article from Angie's List, Chuck Shouse, district manager of Davey's Milwaukee office, tells readers which trees will give them some of the best fall color this season.

Posted: Oct. 15, 2015

1. Sugar maple

Right now, trees across the country are putting on their best performance to show off spectacular fall colors. Whether planting one in your own backyard or just enjoying them on a scenic hike, get to know these colorful trees. Out of the hundreds of species that provide amazing fall color, these five produce some of the most stunning transformations.

Style, grace and dignity — the sugar maple has it all. The iconic leaves of the sugar maple top our list for the best fall foliage. Though this tree is loved for its maple sugar sap, it also produces a brilliant look at the end of the season. Its autumn foliage morphs from gold, yellow and fiery orange to an unmatched deep red.

Sugar maples are an exceptional tree, whether planted in your backyard or growing in the wild. Native to the eastern and midwestern U.S., sugar maples grow almost anywhere in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 10. 

2. Red maple

The red maple is known for adding just the right amount of rosy color to the landscape each season — tiny winter buds, beautiful spring flowers, leafstalks in summer and intense foliage in autumn.

But don’t let its name fool you. Red maples have fall colors that vary from bright yellow to burgundy.

These ongoing colors, combined with the red maple's relatively fast growth and tolerance of soils, makes it a North American favorite.

You’ll find red maples throughout USDA zones 3 through 9. 

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