Rhus typhina TIGER EYES (syn. ‘Bailtiger’) – Although Sumacs are generally thought of as trees, this one is more of a large shrub with finely-cut chartreuse new growth that shifts to gold in summer. The rosy-pink stems contrast the foliage nicely and this cultivar is less prone to suckering. Expect bright yellow, orange and scarlet autumn tones. Grows 6′ high and wide. Zone 4.
Lagerstroemia indica – The Crape Myrtle is a small flowering tree native to China which blooms in colors ranging from white, purple, red and pink. It flowers midsummer to autumn, at which time the deep green leaves shift to peach and soft orange tones, with some red highlights. This tree also has attractive peeling grey and brown bark. Grows 12-25’+ high by 12-18’+ wide. Zone 7.
Acer x freemanii AUTUMN BLAZE (syn. ‘Jeffersred’) – This hybrid of Acer rubrum (Red Maple) and A. saccharinum (Silver Maple) is a fast-growing shade tree that tolerates wet soils. The green leaves shift to a brilliant (and consistent) reddish-orange in the fall. At maturity the dense growth is generally rounded, making it a popular street tree. Grows 40-50′ high. Zone 3.
Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-Ito’ – It is the wispy green foliage of this Japanese maple cultivar that first catches your eye, with slender thread-like leaf lobes that vary slightly and dance with the slightest breeze. ‘Koto-no-Ito’ is an excellent choice for both smaller gardens and large containers. Pure yellow to gold autumn foliage. Grows 8 to 10′ tall by 6 to 8′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Stewartia pseudocamellia – As the common name implies, Japanese Stewartia is native to Japan and bears single white camellia-like blooms in early summer. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner also features green foliage and peeling reddish-brown to grey bark. Expect autumn tones of red, orange and bronze-purple. Grows 20-40′ high by 15-25′. Zone 5.