There are many more plants with good fall color, but this listing can be considered a cross-reference to the tree and shrub lists found on this site. If a plant doesn’t have noteworthy fall color, then you’ll not find it on this list.

I have listed more or less specific color names as I feel that merely saying some plant has good fall color doesn’t help one design a great garden. We need to know colors to make good design choices. For a more in-depth explanation of the color names I use for this list, please refer to The Guide.

For SUNNIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes* Color
Shrubs
Acer circinatum Vine Maple D,N,F,Ft – Su Or/Red
Berberis thunbergii 'Goruzam' Golden Ruby Barberry D,F,Ft – Su Red
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Ruby Spice Clethra D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yellow
Cornus alba variegata 'Cream Cracker' Variegated Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft – Su Red
Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire' Arctic Fire Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft – Su Red
Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi' Dwarf Red-twig Dogwood D,F,Ft – Su Red/Brnz
Fothergilla intermedia 'Blue Shadow' Blue Shadow Fothergilla D,F,Fg – Su,Sh Orange
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yl/Or
Leucothoe fontanesia 'Scarletta' Scarletta Fetterbush E,N,F,Fg – Su,Sh Bronze
Physocarpus opulifolius Nine Bark D,N,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yl/Brnz
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Coppertina' Coppertina Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Red
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Seward' Seward Nine Bark D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Bronze
Viburnum bodnantense 'Pink Dawn' Pink Dawn Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Red/Brnz
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' Doublefile Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Red/Brnz
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Onondaga Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Red
Trees
Acer ginnala Amur Maple D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Green Filigree' Green Filigree Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Yl/Or
Acer palmatum 'Bihou' Bihou Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Yl/Or
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Bloodgood Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Chitose Yama' Chitose Yama Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Fireglow' Fireglow Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Katsura' Katsura Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Yl/Or
Acer palmatum 'Mikazuki' Mikazuki Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – SuSh Orange
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' Coral Bark Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Yellow
Acer palmatum 'Shirazz' Shirazz Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Shaina' Shaina Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Acer palmatum 'Tsuma Gaki' Tsuma Gaki Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Su Or/Red
Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel' Twombly's Red Sentinel Jap. Maple D,F,Ft – Su Red
Amelanchier alnifolia Saskatoon Serviceberry D,N,F,FgFt – Su Or/Var
Betula jacquemontii Jacquemontii Birch D,Ft – Su,Sh Yellow
Carpinus betulus fastigiata Pyramidal European Hornbeam D – Su,Sh Yellow
Cercidiphyllum japonicum Katsura D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Or/Var
Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs' Red Fox Katsura D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Or/Var
Cercis canadensis 'Silver Cloud' Silver Cloud Redbud D,F,Ft – Sh,Su Yellow
Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' Summer Gold Kousa Dogwood D,F,Ft – Sh,Su Red
Crataegus laevigata 'Crimson Cloud' Crimson Cloud Hawthorn D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow
Fagus sylvatica atro. 'Purple Fountain' Purple Fountain Beech D – Su Or/Cppr
Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor' Tricolor Beech D – Su Or/Cppr
Fraxinus angustifolia 'Raywood' Claret Ash D – Su Red/Brnz
Ginkgo biloba 'Princeton Sentry' Princeton Sentry Ginkgo D – Su Yellow
Gleditsia triacanthos inermis Sunburst Honey Locust D,F,Fg – Su Yellow
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yl/Or
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle D,F,Fg – Su Varies
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow
Magnolia liliflora 'Susan' Susan Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow
Magnolia soulangiana Saucer Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow
Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow
Oxydendrum arboreum Sourwood D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Or/Red
Parrotia persica Ironwood D,F,Ft – Su Yl/Or
Platanus acerifolia London Plane D,Ft – Su Yellow
Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak D,F,Ft – Su Red
Quercus palustris Pin Oak D,F,Ft – Su Red
Tilia americana Linden or Bee Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow 

*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit; Su=Sunnier; Sh=Shadier

For SHADIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes* Color
Shrubs
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' Ruby Spice Clethra D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yellow
Fothergilla intermedia 'Blue Shadow' Blue Shadow Fothergilla D,F,Fg – Su,Sh Orange
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yl/Or
Leucothoe fontanesia 'Scarletta' Scarletta Fetterbush E,N,F,Fg – Su,Sh Bronze
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' Doublefile Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Red/Brnz
Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Onondaga Viburnum D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Red
Trees
Acer circinatum Vine Maple D,N,F,Ft – Sh Or/Red
Acer japonica aurea Full Moon Maple D,F,Ft – Sh Or/Red
Acer palmatum 'First Ghost' First Ghost Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Sh Yl/Or
Acer palmatum 'Mikazuki' Mikazuki Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – SuSh Orange
Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' Ukigumo Japanese Maple D,F,Ft – Sh Red
Betula jacquemontii Jacquemontii Birch D,Ft – Su,Sh Yellow
Carpinus betulus fastigiata Pyramidal European Hornbeam D – Su,Sh Yellow
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Forest Pansy Redbud D,F,Ft – Sh Or/Red
Cercis canadensis 'Silver Cloud' Silver Cloud Redbud D,F,Ft – Sh,Su Yellow
Cornus kousa 'Samaritan' Samaritan Kousa Dogwood D,F,Ft – Sh Red
Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' Summer Gold Kousa Dogwood D,F,Ft – Sh,Su Red
Ginkgo biloba variegata Variegated Ginkgo D – Sh Yellow
Hamamelis intermedia Witch Hazel D,F,Fg,Ft – Su,Sh Yl/Or
Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese Stewartia D,F,Fg,Ft – Sh Red
Tilia americana Linden or Bee Tree D,F,Fg,Ft – Su Yellow

*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit; Su=Sunnier; Sh=Shadier

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.

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