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Sourwood and persimmon are great landscape trees for reds in the fall, and tulip poplar is a majestic tree with distinctive yellow fall leaves for mixing in with other Magnolias--rivaling Gingkos for a source of gold in Autumn Southern landscapes.
I am a transplant myself, my childhood home was the Northern Michigan woods, and come October the colors of fall are what I miss most. Planting a man-made woods designed for fall color is one way to make a house into a home away from home.
Appreciate the topic, but please expand upon it. Know some Sweetgums have good color. Also White Oaks can have red leaves. Sumac tends to have very dependable red color. Am sure there are others I and others don't always think of.
My deep appreciation for this article. I am a transplant to the south, as well, and miss the fall color change. I have planted many highbush blueberries. More than we really need for fruit because I like their fall foliage.
(photo - American persimmon - fall color) Some say the native persimmons are not as colorful as the Asian varieties. Ive noticed, tromping through the Southern woods, that they tend to form colonies. One day in late fall, in our landlord's woods just outside of Moundville, I came across a colony of American persimmons--along with a troup of 'possums playing baseball with the under-ripe persimmons! They were having so much fun, and I watched them for more than an hour.
In the Northern woods, Juneberries (amelanchier) form similar colonies, but they are smaller trees and of course their biggest show is in the spring - when you can walk under arbors of white Juneberry blossoms.
I did so injoy your article. I live on 20 acres in the Ozark Natonal Forest. I have all the trees you mentioned(except the tulip poplar) I guard these trees with everything i have. It is one of the last stands of native hardwoods around. Our land is a wonderland of color in most falls.I want to add the dogwoods as they have a beautiful maroon color. And the sweetgum. They have a beautiful salmon pink color.I have sour gum,sweet gum,several kinds of oak,2 kinds of hickory,dogwood,huge blackcherry,persimmon,Huckleberry,Sarvis berry,and a few pine.