Like most around town, you are probably enjoying the beautiful fall foliage of the trees around Dallas. From the deep burgundy colors of the Red Oaks to the yellows and orange colors of the Sweetgum trees. It's a favorite time of year for many people that leads us right into the holiday season.
If you are thinking about planting some trees between now and spring (which is a good time to do so or the health of the tree), we wanted to offer up a list of the best trees for fall foliage in Dallas. Here they are in no particular order:
Red Oak Trees
Red Oak (Quercus shumardii) trees are one of the classic and stately trees in the Dallas area and provide a wonderful range of colors from deep red and maroon to dark oranges. They are a large scale shade tree and provide a wonderful framework to any residential property.
Sweetgum trees (Luqidambar styraciflua) are another brilliant showstopper in the fall with an often wild range of colors from bright yellow to deep reds and oranges. They grow in a more vertical shape an are often used for lining boulevards and parkways. These do produce the pesky spiked balls but consider the fruitless variety to eliminate this issue.
Cedar Elm Trees
Another traditional (and a bit under used) native Texas tree is the Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) . This tree provide a bit more rustic texture and smaller leaf size that turn yellow in the fall before shedding.
River Birch Trees
Another tree that could certainly be planted more around Dallas, is the River Birch (Betula nigra 'Dura heat'). This slightly smaller scale tree also produces a bright yellow color in the fall that goes along nicely with it's very interesting bark texture.
Chinese Pistache Trees
The Chinese Pistache (Pistachia chinensis) is another tree that could be used more around Dallas. This tree is rather fast growing and has a wonderful leaf texture that produces color in yellows, oranges and reds.
A Few Other Trees to Consider....
Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') is a wonderful ornamental scale tree that produces a deep, rich burgundy color in the fall.
October Glory Maples
Another maples that packs a punch in the fall is the October Glory Maple (Acer rubrum 'October Glory').. These maples often provide some of the most vivid splashes of color around residential neighborhoods. The only drawback is that the visual show is rather short and they tend to drop their colorful leaves at the first taste of cold weather or a stiff wind. The 'Autumn Flame' is another similar variety to try out.
Just a few of our favorite trees for fall color around the Dallas area. Hope you enjoy them while the show lasts. Happy fall.