Top 5 trees to plant in your garden for autumn colour

Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon') - 'This is one of the best trees for displaying tho

Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon') - 'This is one of the best trees for displaying those stunning autumn shades.' Picture: Hawthorn & Hornbeam - Credit: Archant

Now we’ve all waved goodbye to summer, it’s time to embrace the warm, fiery hues of autumn.

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) - This tree 'is a magnificent specimen in the right location.' Pictur

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) - This tree 'is a magnificent specimen in the right location.' Picture: Hawthorn & Hornbeam - Credit: Archant

With this season being ‘the best time to plant trees’, Jason Claridge, director of Hawthorn and Hornbeam, shares his top five trees to plant to bring amazing autumn colour into your garden.

1) Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’)

Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) - The leaves on this tree 'transform into a kaleidoscope of autu

Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) - The leaves on this tree 'transform into a kaleidoscope of autumn colours.' Picture: Hawthorn & Hornbeam - Credit: Archant

This is one of the best trees for displaying those stunning autumn shades. Its glossy, star-shaped leaves are spectacular and bring colours ranging from yellow and orange through to fiery reds and rich purples for you to enjoy throughout the season.

2) Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’) - 'A beautiful maple, both broad and oval in form.'

Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’) - 'A beautiful maple, both broad and oval in form.' Picture: Hawthorn & Hornbeam - Credit: Archant

This small, slow-growing tree is suitable for any sized garden. With its glorious purple-red, orange or yellow autumnal colours it is a magnificent specimen in the right location - as a standalone tree or part of a larger woodland planting scheme.

3) Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica)

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This tree stays vibrant all the way through to December. Broadly round in shape, its large, lustrous leaves transform into a kaleidoscope of autumn colours.

4) Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’)

A beautiful maple - both broad and oval in form - this tree is well suited to the British climate. Its silvery grey bark provides a striking contrast to its explosive red, orange and yellow foliage.

5) Sargent’s cherry (Prunus sargentii ‘Charles Sargent’)

As well as a splendid spring blossom, this cherry tree bursts into an amazing autumn arrangement of maroons, golds and ambers, making it one of the best trees when it comes to adding a splash of colour to your garden at different times of the year.

Why plant trees?

“Not only do trees with autumn colour make a stunning addition to any garden, but they also create habitats for wildlife,” says Jason.

“Planting a tree is a wonderful experience, but it’s even better watching it grow. It’s a contribution to the environment – especially important in the current climate – for yourself, and future generations to enjoy.”

How can I plant these trees in my garden?

Achieving autumn colour in your garden can be as simple as planting one, striking, standalone tree and creating a focal point, or by adding a group of trees or treescape for a blaze of beautiful colour.

Hawthorn and Hornbeam specialise in the supply and planting of trees and will work with you to enhance your outdoor space.

Visit www.hawthornandhornbeam.co.uk for more information. Contact them on 01582 712821 or info@hawthornandhornbeam.co.uk.