Unexpected Autumn Colour

rubtulameen (300x285)Rubus idaeus ‘Tulameen’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is probably the best tasting June-bearing raspberry. It crops for about 6 weeks (starting in July) with tapered red fruits and a true raspberry flavour. The autumn foliage is often a clear yellow with brilliant red edges or highlights. Plant canes about 18″ apart. Grows to 5′ high. Hardy to zone 4.

lonbaggessensgold (300x292)Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ – This evergreen shrub or Box Honeysuckle is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and was introduced back in 1967. It features airy branches of tiny bright gold leaves that can whiten a bit in full sun exposures and often take on a purplish tint during colder weather. Makes a good informal hedge. Grows 5′ tall (without pruning). Zone 6.

hamamethyst1 (289x300)Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ – A relatively new flower colour for Witch Hazel, this Hamamelis vernalis (seedling find) bears fragrant reddish-purple flowers starting mid winter. It is a species native to the southern United States with deep greyish-green foliage that shifts to red and orange tones in autumn. Grows 15′ high by 10 to 12′ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

acerpversi (300x294)Acer palmatum ‘Versicolor’ – Thus upright Japanese maple is primarily grown for its new growth of green leaves, generously splashed in cream and pink. The stems of this cultivar are also a vibrant reddish-pink, somewhat similar to the Coral Bark Maple. This is further complimented by the deep rose to dark red fall foliage. Grows 15-18′ high by 15′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

101_1063 (2) (300x299)Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ (syn. ‘Ancot’) – A beautiful deciduous shrub with bright chartreuse rounded foliage which may shift to lime green in part sun. Autumn colours on this Smokebush vary from coral to reddish-orange, and it also features airy pale pink blooms. A good companion plant for Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’. Grows 6-12′ high. Hardy to zone 5.

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