September 7, 2011

Fall color for warm climates

Ever wonder why there is not a lot of fall color in warm climate landscapes? It’s not because it isn’t cold. Plants turn color in the fall due to day length, evolving into red, orange, yellow as the days grow shorter.

There is not a lot of color in warm climate landscapes because gardeners don’t plant the plants that change. Just saying…

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CNN—Madonna absolutely loathes hydrangeas.

Comments

Bonnie Wagner says:

Do you have a list of plants that change colors in the southern ca coastal region?

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 8:00 am.

Susan says:

OK, OK, I’ll plant a persimmon in my about to be redone grassless parkway and yard.  Thank you for the suggestion.  We want to make these areas useful.  Any other particular suggestions beyond fruit trees? I feel a responsibility to the neighbors to make these areas presentable at all times which my veggie gardening really isn’t.

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 am.

Ron, the Plant Man says:

I just love my Muskoogee Crape Myrtle that the city planted in my parkway.  I not only get beautiful pink flowers twice every summer(second bloom in full swing right now) , but some pretty nice red-orange foliage in the fall!  Also in my neighborhood are a couple of streets with Bradford Pears and although they don’t grow as well as they do in the South, they still give a fairly nice display of dark red fall foliage. Then of course there are always the Liquidambars (Sweet Gum), and the mixed variety of yellow, gold, red, burgundy, and oranges that they provide. Of course there is the Persimmon that you used in the blog to start all of this!  There are more but these just ones that come to my mind, I’m sure others will add their favorites as the day goes on.

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 am.

Cindy McNatt says:

Off the top of my head? Liquidambar, maples, Japanese maples, berberis, itea, crape myrtle, ornamental grasses galore, sycamore, some succulents, fruit trees, viburnum, ....

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:21 am.

Janna says:

Still mourning the loss of a big beautiful liquidamber tree that was on the corner of streets that i walked by in my old neighborhood.  Yes the owners now have a tidy lawn, but it is apparant now that they also have a small boring beige house, where before i was always looking at the beautiful fall colors of their tree!!!

(Madonna, in my book, is noted for being a great performer, not for her taste in garden design or plants, but to each his (or her) own, after all it’s their loss!  However, truely talented Broadway/pop singer, the FABULOUS Linda Eder, lists blue hydrangeas as her favorite flower, so some singers like them!)

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:40 am.

Cindy McNatt says:

Forgot the ornamental grape: Roger’s Red, plus Boston Ivy.

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm.

Jean Suan says:

I also love my crape myrtle for beautiful all year round shape, color and flowers. I especially love the pattern on the bark when it’s damp. However I cannot park my car under them for shade in the summer because the trees SPIT! When they start to bloom moisture comes flying out and lands as little beige blobs on the car that’s very hard to get rid of. Even when walking near the tree I have felt moisture on my skin. Has anyone else noticed that?

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm.

Ron, the Plant Man says:

Jean, I’ve not had that problem with Crape Myrtle, but have with some other trees…Jacaranda being one of them.  But it really wasn’t the tree dropping the moisture, it was insects, aphids dropping honeydew droplets in the case of the Jacaranda.  So, perhaps you have some sort of an insect infestation going on.  Our son has been parking his car under our tree for most of the summer and he hasn’t complained about anything dropping on his car (at least not yet!).  In my working career, I found that people didn’t like to have California Sycamores as street trees as they all said the trees dropped beige or black spots on their cars and even the car washes couldn’t get them off.  I’m still trying to figure that problem out but I think it had something to do with the Anthracnose disease or the spider mites that they are so prone to get.

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm.

Jean Suan says:

Thanks, Ron. What is the least toxic spray that can get rid of the problem?

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 10:09 am.

Ron, the Plant Man says:

Jean: Before any spraying takes place, you need to determine just exactly what the problem is…insect, disease, or whatever, then a pesticide recommendation could be made to take care of the problem.  Without knowing the real cause of the dripping, recommending something would just be a real guess in the dark.

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm.

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