Shrubs for Fall Color

Shrubs for Fall Color

Shrubs are vitally important to any landscape, no matter what the yard size.  Shrubs provide a necessary transition of size between trees and the smaller plants like annuals and perennials.  Even more importantly, shrubs can offer the most varied transition of colours from season to season.

More than ever, we are noticing that gardeners are basing many of their shrub purchase decisions on how well the plant will provide beauty and colour in what are becoming warmer and longer falls on the prairies.

Some bare colorful berries, others leaves and some exhibit both.  In this article I have selected a few that I'd like to share with you. The shrubs in this list can be grown throughout the prairies.

Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’)
Narrow growing shrub that can be used as a barrier between patios. Purplish-blue berries useful for pies, jams & fresh eating. Grows 12 – 15 feet high.
Fall Leaf Colour: Vibrant red-orange.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Green.

Emerald Carousel® Barberry (Berberis thunbergi ‘Tara’)
Rounded, arching stems with small yellow flowers in spring. Plant in groups of three or as a simple hedge. There are few shrubs that can match this fall colour! Matures at 3 – 5 feet.
Fall Leaf Colour: Amazing reddish-purple.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Green.

Siberian Variegated Dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Siberica Variegata’)
Variegated cream and green foliage turns a ‘cool’ shade of pink starting in August, intensifying into fall. Fall berries attract birds. Matures at 5-7 feet.
Fall Leaf Colour: Dusty pink.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Variegated cream & green.

Arctic Fire™ Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera ‘Farrow’)
Small, pretty and clumping. Dark red winter twigs. Non-suckering. Matures at 4 feet.
Fall Leaf Colour: Fiery red – highly visible.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Green.

Prostrate Rock Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster horizontallis ‘Perpussillus’)
A low spreading groundcover with thick ‘wiry’ branches that bend and twist. Spring white flowers and red fall berries. 12 – 24 inches tall.
Fall Leaf Colour: Brilliant red.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Green.

Shrubs for Fall Color

Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
Green summer leaves are topped with new burnished bronze new growth all summer. A very unique look. 4 feet tall.
Fall Leaf Colour: Bronzy red.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Bronzy Green.

Burning Bush (Euonymous)
Interesting, corky (4 sided) stems, long crinkled’ leaves and bleeding heart-like seed heads in summer make these interesting plants. Mature heights range from 4 to 8 feet.
Fall Leaf Colour: Brilliant reds.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Dark green.
Suggested Varieties: Winged Burning Bush, Dwarf Burning Bush & Fire Ball Burning Bush.

Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)
Deeply cut leaflets, reddish-pink, furry stems create a very Asian look. Mature height about 6 feet..
Fall Leaf Colour: Intense scarlet.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Chartreuse green and yellow.

Viburnums (Viburnum)
Viburnums are so versatile! They grow in full sun as well as deep shade. All varieties are renowned for their excellent fall colours in reds and oranges. Mature heights range from 2 feet to 15 feet.
Fall Leaf Colour: Brilliant reds and oranges.
Summer Leaf  Colour: Dark green.
Suggested Varieties: Mohican, Nannyberry, Dwarf European, Bailey Compact, RedWing & Wentworth. a great plant search engine that allows you to search for plants that provide great fall colour.

Happy Gardening!

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Guest post by Jan - Bylands Account Representative

I’m very proud of my 4 children.  All 4 of them, worked many summers in the garden centre, they love plants and gardening too – but opted for totally different careers.  You can sometimes find Jan as a guest on ‘The Gardener’, a radio progam in Winnipeg on Sundays. 

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