trees with color not just flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Wesley Chapel, Fl
Question by jmyers123
March 30, 2009
Are there any trees that actually change color that would survive in Florida? I am originally from up north and really miss the fall foliage and am looking for a way to try to bring some of here if possible. I understand that the trres up north hibernate and was told the amount rain fall would vary colors but still wondr if there si a way to have color without just blooms?

Answer from NGA
March 30, 2009


I feel your pain! The color changes trees display are due to short days and cold nights - something you won't find in Florida! However, Acer barbatum (Florida Maple) does display muted yellows and oranges in the fall. Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is another option. It looks like a maple and the leaves turn yellow, red, orange or purple in the fall. A final suggestion is Sorrel tree (Oxydendrum arboreum). This tree provides long lasting fall color with the leaves turning yellow, red or purple.

Hope this information helps ease your homesickness in the fall months.

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