Autumn arrives in the Pacific Northwest!

It seems just one week ago I was seeing the beginnings of our autumn colors around the garden. This week, the colors have just exploded! I’ve got to share with you two of the most intensely colored trees in my garden right now. Both are Japanese maples.

The first, Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ has these huge, deeply cut leaves that have turned a stunning blend of deep rich reds, orange, golden yellow and scarlet. It’s been such a joy to watch the colors change over the past week or so – and they just keep getting more intense with every day!

Intense fall foliage colors

The next one that I must tell you about is Acer palmatum ‘Tobiosho.’ This one was selected for it’s autumn foliage display. This may just be the longest lasting display I’ve experienced. Even as early as three weeks ago, this one began to show its fall colors. Slowly, day by day, more of the tree changed until suddenly the whole thing is eye-popping RED! In early morning light (or our gray northwestern days) the color almost looks burgundy, but in bright sunlight it appears to have been lit on fire with a spectrum of such intense red colors I can’t find the words to describe it.

Acer palmatum 'Tobiosho'

With the many varied colors available with conifers and the addition of an assortment of Japanese maples, today’s gardens have the ability to provide twelve full months of color!

Enjoy your autumn!

Conifer Lover

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