Need tree suggestions

AngieS80August 21, 2014

Looking for a tree that turns colors in the Fall (red, yellow, or orange) but doesn't have that wide of a spread.

We live in Northern CA, have a big yard, but I don't want most of the yard taken up by the tree spread. Doesn't matter how tall. I don't mean Italian Cypress skinny, looking for a Maple or something like that that turns Fall colors. :)

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yardvaark

A couple of possibilities you can explore to see if they grow where you live are: 'Armstrong' maple, bald cypress.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:58AM
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socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24

Liquidambar? Some species are narrower than others.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:49PM
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deviant-deziner(Oh zone)

There are quite a few trees that will grow well in our area of N. Cal that offer fall foliage color and do not grow to a very large size.
A favorite of mine is Persimmon, an added bonus is the delicious fruit that hangs in brillant orange orbs well past the change of foliage color.

Crape mrytles, dogwoods, redbuds, birches and maples.
Pistacio , sumac and pomegranates might also be a possibility.

If you are near Flora Grubb nursery in San Francisco you might find it an inspiring nursery to visit for ideas and nursery assistance. Their staff is highly trained.
The Dry Garden in Oakland is another resource with an excellent horticulturist on staff but the size of the nursery is smaller than Flora Grubbs so they have less in stock on hand.
Urban Tree Farm in Santa Rosa is HUGE and has a great selection of trees.

If you still have not made up your mind by this fall you might find visiting these gardens informative , all have fantastic shows of fall foliage color :
Filoli in Woodside
Sonoma Horticultural in Sebastopol
SF Botanical Garden

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 2:59PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

The suggestion of Pistache and Persimmon trees are both colorful and drought tolerant. Crape Myrtles are also good.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 3:00AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

The suggestion of Pistache and Persimmon trees are both colorful and drought tolerant. Crape Myrtles are also good.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 3:01AM
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AngieS80

Thanks for the suggestions. We have two Crape Myrtles in our front yard so I want something different in back. I'm not a huge fan of them to start with, and it took a lot of willpower to not take them out (the builder planted them when our house was built).

I'll take a look at all the suggestions. Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 11:11PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Gingko's are spectacular for fall color, but after decades they can get big, but take a long time to get there.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 10:26PM
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