Hooray autumn has arrived in Canberra. If you are as excited as we are to see the end of summer and are starting to think about which trees to plant to add autumn colour in your Canberra garden then we can help. To celebrate TreeWorks has compiled a list of some of our favourite autumn trees which thrive in Canberra and the region and are guaranteed to add colour and texture to your garden.
Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ – Persian witchhazel is one of our absolute favourite deciduous trees. This slow growing tree has brilliant autumn colours in a lovely open vase shape and eventually reaches around 10m with a 10m spread. It can withstand frosts to around minus 10 and doesn’t mind the dry conditions.
Pyrus calleryana ‘Aristocrat’ – The Aristocrat pear is another favourite for it’s rich autumn colours and upright form. It’s a fast grower that reaches around 11m with a 7m canopy. In spring it produces a lovely white blossom. It’s frost hardy, wind and drought resistant.
Pistacia chinensis – If you’ve got the room it’s hard to go past a Chinese pistachio tree. We love the vibrant autumn colours, white flowers in spring and its red and mauve berries. The pistachio gets to around 12m with an 8m crown and is also frost and drought hardy.
Malus ioensis ‘Plena’ – Bechtel’s crab apple is a hardy ornamental tree with stunning burnt orange and red colours in autumn. It reaches around 6m and likes protection from the wind. However, this isn’t the best variety if you are looking for fruit as the Bechtel rarely produces crab apples. It’s drought and frost tolerant.
Malus ‘John Downie’ – If you are after crab apples John Downie is one of the best. This fast growing deciduous tree has pretty pink flowers in spring which fade to white. It reaches around 5m with a 5m canopy and is frost and drought hardy.
Fraxinus excelsior ‘Aurea’ – The Golden Ash is a beautiful tree that gets it’s name from it’s golden leaves in autumn. We love the delicate shade it provides in summer which allows the lawn to still grow beneath. It gets to around 7m high with a 7m canopy and likes to grow in rich soils. It is frost hardy and drought resistant.
Lagerstremia ‘Tuscarora’ – One of the many beautiful Crepe Myrtles. These hardy trees reach around 6m high and put on a show throughout the year. Spectacular pink flowers in summer give way to brilliant red and orange leaves in autumn. They are wind, frost and drought hardy.
Acer palmatum ‘Polymorphum’ – this is one of the most popular of the Japanese maples and is famous for its stunning autumn colour. This small specimen tree reaches around 4m and provides dappled shade in summer. It prefers protection from the hot sun and winds during summer.