Sunny days, cool nights, and pumpkins everywhere: fall has arrived!
We love the season most for its brilliant fall foliage in flaming shades of wine-red, gold, and bright orange. But if your own yard lacks autumn color, it's time to plant one of our favorite choices for the best fall trees.
Planting a tree is an investment that provides decades of beauty, privacy, and shade, as well as food and shelter for wildlife.
But do a little homework before buying. The most common mistake? Not considering a tree's mature height and width so that it becomes a maintenance hassle down the road.
Also, make sure your chosen tree can survive winters in your USDA Hardiness Zone. (Find your zone here.)
There can be great variation in hardiness and size among the different cultivars, or cultivated varieties, of trees. So, read the tag to be sure what you're buying!
Many flowering trees and dwarf tree cultivars also have been bred in recent years to work in smaller gardens. (Here are the 12 Best Dwarf Trees Under 10 Feet Tall for Your Yard.)