Plant the right landscaping trees, and your northern Utah property can have breathtaking beauty all year long.

In the spring and summer, perennials and annual flowers tend to steal the show. Once fall arrives and the flowers fade away, deciduous trees become the focus – how could they not, with their riot of fiery-hued foliage? Here, in no particular order, are our favorite landscaping trees for eye-catching fall color.

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No. 1: Sunset Series Maples

With vibrant red, yellow and burnt orange leaves in the fall – and the vast growth potential – Sunset maples make a big landscape statement.

No. 2: Sensation Box Elder

As the name suggests, this native maple has gorgeous red foliage in the fall. But, autumn leaves of this landscaping tree can also burst forth in fiery shades of yellow and orange.

No. 3: Paper Bark Birch

With its bright white bark and heart-shaped leaves, the paper birch already attracts attention. When autumn arrives, however, the brilliant golden color really draws the eye.

No. 4: Yellowwood

Featuring broad oval-shaped leaves that turn striking yellow, gold, and orange in the autumn, the Yellowwood is always a stand-out choice.

No. 5: Ginkgo

The fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo are absolutely stunning. In the fall, the foliage displays a dazzling show of radiant yellow color that stops people in their tracks.

No. 6: Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Another all-season beauty among landscaping trees, the downy serviceberry puts out impressive red and gold foliage in the autumn months.

No. 7: Frontier Elm

Frontier elms are fabulous shade trees for escaping the summer heat, and do well in highly urban settings. Oval leaves are bright green in summer and deepen to a reddish purple.

No. 8: Chinese Pistache

Although a relative of the pistachio, the Pistache doesn’t produce nuts. Instead, this medium-sized tree will reward you with an upright shade canopy and dramatic pinnate foliage that blazes orange and crimson in the fall.

No. 9: American Hornbeam

This low-maintenance tree is tolerant of tough urban conditions, is hardy down to -30°F, and can grown in full shade as well as full sun. Strong upright branches are ablaze with red and orange foliage in the fall.


Are you thinking about planting new landscaping trees for a fall foliage show at your northern Utah property? Find these varieties, along with a vast selection of other outdoor plants and shrubs for amazing autumn beauty, at Millcreek Gardens.

And, if you have questions, our friendly staff is more than happy to offer advice on how to give your yard fantastic fall color. To chat with the Millcreek Gardens team, or to shop for new landscaping trees, visit our Salt Lake City garden center today.