Colorful Trees And Shrubs That Can Brighten Up Your Landscape

9 January 2015
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Flowers are not the only plants that add beautiful color to your landscape. You can also use trees and shrubs with colored foliage to enliven the basic green or other landscape plants, to form contrasting combinations, and to complement flower colors within a season. You can use trees with bronze, purple, gold, variegated, and even blue foliage as eye-catching focal points for your yard. You can choose from a variety of trees that grow in your United States Department of Agriculture hardiness zones

Gray And Silver Foliage

If you're looking for gray or silver leaves to contrast with other brightly-colored plants in your landscape, look no further than rockrose and juniper. 

Rockrose trees are sun-loving, fast-growing trees that thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. Trees grow in poor soil, tolerate cold ocean winds, salty spray, and desert heat. They are good trees for erosion control and planted in big rock gardens. 

Juniper trees are conifers, but they produce berry-like fruit instead of the traditional wood cones. Depending on the variety, trees may have small prickly needles or tiny overlapping scales. Sometimes one plant may have both types. Junipers grow best in full sun and moist soil, but they tolerate dry and alkaline soils. They thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 through 6.

Bronze, Red, And Purple Foliage

Trees with red, bronze, or purple foliage can liven up you landscape and add contrast against the basic greenery. A couple of good choices include the smoke tree and purple hopbush. 

Smoke trees offer unusual color on naturally multi-stemmed trees; however, you can train them to grow on a single trunk. They get their smokey color from fading flowers that resemble puffs of smoke. They thrive in poor or rocky soils with fast drainage. Use them as trees or large bushes in USDA hardiness plant zones 5A through 8B. Smoke trees make good specimen plants as well as deck and patio trees. 

The purple hopbush has finely-divided, fern-like foliage with insignificant flowers and showy seedpods. The shrubs are drought tolerant, can grow in a variety of soil conditions, and full to partial shade. Purple hopbushes make good hedges. They thrive in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 10. 

Yellow And Gold Foliage

Trees and shrubs with yellow or gold foliage brighten up your landscape. Golden fullmoon maple and scotch heather are excellent choices for spicing up a dull landscape. 

Golden fullmoon maple can be grown as trees or shrubs. Their leaves in spring open to a pale gold color and remain pale chartreuse all summer. They grow best in partial shade and tolerate a variety of soils and grow in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7. You can use golden fullmoon maple as deck or patio trees. They also make good planter trees.  

Scotch heather has yellow or chartreuse foliage and pink to purple blossoms. Trees bloom in summer and grow well in rich, loamy, or sandy soil. Scotch heather make excellent edging plants and look nice planted in groups. They are hardy in USDA zones 4 though 6.

These are only a fraction of the colorful trees from which you can choose to brighten up your landscape. If you have questions about certain trees or need help finding one with a specific color of foliage, contact a local tree service. An arborist, such as someone from Luxton Tree Service, can help you a tree to fit your needs and hardiness zone.