Color won't stop

For me nothing says autumn like falling tree leaves, and the often vibrant colors they take on before dropping.

In the deciduous tree world, the Japanese maples must be pretty close to the top of the list for fall color.


I have several small Japanese maples in pots, and one in the ground. Being small doesn't mean they have small impact though -- for a few days each fall they're intense and vibrant. Even though it was raining when I took these photos I didn't have any choice, as the colors typically only last for a day or so before the leaves fall, or the color dulls.

What was labeled as 'Fireglow' is what I have in the ground:

I also have 'Tamukeyama' in a pot, shown in the above left image and the one below:

My potted 'Boskoop Glory' on the left, and my sole surviving 'Fireglow' seedling on the right:

Remember that I got a couple more Japanese maples on clearance at a nursery late this summer, but those both were in bad shape and went dormant early -- I won't know what their autumn color is like until next year.

Besides the wonderful color, the other thing that I like about Japanese maples in the fall is that they're small, which means very little raking of fallen leaves. I'm definitely thankful for that!


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Christine @ the Gardening Blog  – (November 12, 2011 at 3:06 PM)  

Alan, these photos are quite stunning. Between the one of the fiery red leaves against the yellow stems of the bamboo in the background and the maples in front of the grasses ... I can't decide, they are all amazing. I've been looking for a Japanese maple to add to my garden. I need to get one in before Autumn!

Barbie  – (November 20, 2011 at 2:05 PM)  

I have been catching up on all your posts today and had to comment on this one. What beautiful autumn colours - and the maple is just awesome! Wow! Fireglow is it exactly!

Alan  – (November 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM)  

Barbie: I'm really not sure if it truly is 'Fireglow', but until I get a better ID I have to go with what the tag said. It's pretty, whatever it is.

Plus the seedling is really nice too. Can't wait to see what that does over the next few years.

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