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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Colors!!

Maples are well-known and loved for their fall colors, but here are some contenders that I am particularly fond of. Top of my list is sassafras. It can be a range of colors depending on whether it is grown in shade (yellow) or full sun (fiery red). Sometimes it is all colors at once.

Such a sad story with the white ash. Such a spectacular range of fall colors including electric green and shades of purple. This picture, taken yesterday, was sent to me unsolicited by a tree trimmer friend. If you are able to develop an eye for the tree's particular palette of colors , when you drive down the highway at this time of year you can readily see that there are still good numbers of specimens around, mostly on the small side, sometimes having grown back from the roots after being attacked by the emerald ash borer.





I don't know anyone who is fond of virginia creeper (AKA woodbine). But at least it puts on a modest show before going dormant. The reds contrast nicely with the dark-colored bark that it uses as support.





How about Amelachier (AKA shadbush, shadblow, serviceberry, sarviceberry, saskatoon, etc)?  Better known for its early spring flowers and delicious fruit, it creates a nice effect when the leaves turn color in a staggered fashion.

I learned one species of Smilax (greenbrier) when I was in college. The name I learned is no longer considered valid, and according to Michiganflora.net there are five species present in Washtenaw County. I'm going to make a stab and say this is Smilax hispida. Correct me if I'm wrong. I usually let the plant have its way in my garden because I think it's just . . interesting.

Colchicum is finishing up. So easy to grow, so easy to divide and make millions more.

Ditto Arum italicum, although it doesn't require any effort to help it get around the garden, it does it all on its own.