looking up at a large red cedar tree

When it comes to fall, I love all the big ol' maple trees that start to own the landscape.  The ground studded by smaller trees and shrubs that only serve to provide contrast to the fiery display of deciduous leaves turning color.

Red Maple

Acer rubrum, the red maple, is one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of North America.  Whether it's 'Autumn Blaze', 'Bowhall' or 'Red Sunset' the U.S. Forest Service recognizes it as the most abundant native tree in eastern North America.  At maturity it often attains a height of around 100 feet.  It is best known for it's brilliant deep scarlet foliage in autumn.

Due to its attractive fall foliage and pleasing form, it is often used as a shade tree for landscapes.  It can also be used commercially on a small scale for maple syrup production, as well as for it's medium to high quality lumber.

But if it's privacy that you're in need of, check out the Western Red Cedar or the Deodar Cedar.

Close up of Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar, Thuja 'Green Giant'

Native to the Pacific Northwest, the Western arborvitae is typically found in cool moist forest areas and bottom lands from southern Alaska along the Pacific coastline to Northern California and from British Columbia to Western Montana.  Western arborvitae is the largest tree it the cypress family, averaging 100 feet and more in height.

'Green Giant' grows even faster into large 50-60 feet vertical specimen tree.  It is widely planted as a tall privacy hedge or screen.  Screen can grow to 50 feet in height and spread to 15-20 feet at their base.  Summer needles are bright green and retain their color throughout the winter.  Western arborvitae grows best in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils in full to partial shade.  It thrives where summers are moist and cool.  Once established plants exhibit good drought tolerance.

A Deodar Cedar towering over a landscape

Deodar Cedar, Cedrus deodara

With it's pyramidal shape, soft grayish-green or blue needles and drooping branches, this cedar makes a graceful accent tree.

Growing rapidly to 40-50 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide, it also works well as a soft screen. Lower branches should be left on the tree so the true form of this tree can shine. Allow plenty of room for this cedar to spread, and the Deodar Cedar makes a great addition to your landscape.

Remember, fall is one of best times of the year to plant trees. The rain throughout the winter months helps to establish the tree prior to spring. Of course, a good start using Al's Transplant Fertilizer and properly staking your trees from the beginning, can make all the difference.