tree selection - Knowledgebase Question

Coralville, IA
Question by peacelily
June 15, 2005
I am looking for a shade tree that has awesome fall color, but also grows quickly. The shade tree in front of our house died and has to be replaced. About 30-40 feet tall.


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Answer from NGA
June 15, 2005

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Here are a few suggestions:
Walnut; Turns yellow in fall. One of the first to turn and drop leaves. One of the last to leaf out in spring.
Red oak; Brilliant red leaves in fall. Color not as intense as some hard maples.
White oak; Subdued red color of leaves in fall. Then turning brown and often staying on the tree until new leaves begin to grow in the spring
Bur oak; Buff to yellow. Turning brown before falling.
Hickory; Leaves turn yellow, then brown before falling.
Ash; Leaves turn yellow, but some have a purplish cast. Leaves fall after walnut but earlier than oaks and maples.
Elms; Leaves turn yellow, some turn brown before falling, others while still yellow.
Soft maple; Leaves turn yellow. They don?t turn brown before falling.
Hard maple; Brilliant red hues. Red pigmentation of some leaves breaks down before falling.
Sumac; Very bright red, but often overlooked because it is a small tree confined to openings and edges.

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