Four Native Shrubs With Fall Colors:
1. ‘Gro-Low’ Sumac, Rhus aromatica
This one is at the top of the list because it is my absolute favorite! The ‘Gro Low’ variety of Sumac (sometimes referred to as Fragrant Sumac) will quickly grow to reach 2-3’ tall, and can grow up to 6’ wide! This is a wonderful option for ground cover, especially below windows or other features that you do not want blocked by a taller shrub. The best part about this shrub is its vibrant fall colors that change from bright yellow into a deep burgundy as the fall months turn cold.
2. Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark is a unique shrub that boasts several features to earn year-round interest! Starting in the fall, this shrub’s foliage will turn a beautiful goldenrod to orange. Simultaneously, red berry-like blisters start to grow where the expired blooms once rested.
Finally, once all of its leaves have fallen to the ground, the unique bark of this shrub will start to peel layer by layer – revealing a different hue of reddish orange with each reveal. This is where it gets its name! Ninebark is an easy-to-grow shrub that can reach 6-8’ tall in the right conditions.
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3. Maple Leaf Viburnum, Viburnum acerifolium
When you hear Viburnum, think VIBRANT! This native shrub comes to life in the fall, boasting spectacular purplish-red foliage that is truly a sight to see. The Maple Leaf Viburnum also helps to attract wildlife in the winter, providing tough-to-find winter food for birds and mammals.
In the summer, this shrub will produce a cluster of small white blooms that are popular among bees and beetles. Tolerating partial shade easily, the Maple Leaf Viburnum is an excellent choice for a location that is tucked under the canopy of trees or in the partial shadow of a structure.
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4. Silky Dogwood, Cornus amomum
There are several species of native Dogwoods in Michigan, the Silky Dogwood is perhaps one of the lesser known ones. However, this shrub is not to be overlooked! Growing up to 6-10 ft in height, Silky Dogwoods make a great choice if you’re looking for a taller shrub that can provide shade and habitat to your greater landscaping area.
It is easily pruned, and will produce an abundance of ball-shaped flowers when properly cared for. Once the blooms expire, they are replaced by blue, berry-like drupes that are popular with many species of local birds. Bright red foliage appears at the beginning of fall, turning into a deep burgundy and purple before falling to the ground. This easy-to-grow shrub is a great addition for year-round interest!
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