Fall doesn't have to mean drab and dreary plants! WSA's Outreach Coordinator Tara Mairs recommends the following native plants for excellent fall color:
This amazing canopy nut tree has a large oval shape, growing 60-100’ high and 35-50’ wide. Fall color ranges from yellow to orange, depending on the species, making it a standout in any forest garden.
GRAY DOGWOOD (CORNUS RACEMOSA)
This large fruit-bearing shrub can grow up to 15’ tall and as wide if allowed to sucker to form a hedge. Fall color ranges from red to burgundy, creating a beautiful background screening thicket.
BEARDTONGUE (PENSTEMON DIGITALIS)
This perennial is often planted for its white spring flowers, but consider it as an added bonus to any fall color ensemble. This plant grows to about 3’ tall, and has an impact in small groups as well as mass plantings