There’s nothing quite as gorgeous as a landscape of color-changing trees during the autumn months. The luscious reds, oranges and bright yellows transport us to a warmer climate and remind us of the turning seasons and the natural beauty we’re lucky to witness every day. Leaves crunch beneath our feet and our thoughts are filled with cider, chilly evenings and the coming holidays.
There are a large number of trees that turn colors in the fall season. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about fall’s favorite trees or thought about planting one in your yard, here is a list of the most popular types as well as some basic facts:
The red maple tree is one of the largest types of maples. Its leaves turn a brilliant shade of crimson red during the fall months and for this reason is a fall favorite among tree enthusiasts. Red maple trees grow to be between 40 and 50 feet tall and grow rather quickly. Red maple trees can be seen in a variety of regions.
Sugar maple trees are also very large maples that turn a brilliant shade of red during the autumn months. They are one of the most prominent types of maples in the northern U.S. and Canada. The sugary sap from sugar maple trees is responsible for creating most types of maple syrup. The wood from sugar maple trees is used for a wide variety of furniture making.
The black gum tree is not quite as large as its maple cousins, but still turns a gorgeous orange shade during fall. The leaves on black gum trees are smaller and oval shaped. This tree is commonly seen in the northeastern part of the United States. Migrating birds will often eat the fruit on black gum trees as they make their way across the sky during the fall. This makes the black gum tree an important tree in our ecosystem.
Tulip poplar trees grow in many different states on the eastern U.S. coast and have leaves that turn a bright shade of yellow during the fall months. They can grow to extremely tall heights– up to 190 feet tall! This makes them an excellent shade tree. Tulip poplar trees are also one of most popular poplars used in natural honey harvesting.
When it comes to choosing a favorite fall tree, there are plenty of gorgeous types to choose from. Crimson red, orange and vibrant yellow– there’s a tree to match everyone’s favorite fall hue.