Autumn Scenes from around Town

Despite a week of storms which put paid to all of the early autumn leaves, it certainly hasn’t done any damage to the second wave of colour.

We have had a few nice days, so here are some more scenes from around town.

IMG_1649

The colour of this Japanese Maple is beyond amazing…it’s almost unbelievable!

IMG_1651

Across the street, a yellow Japanese Maple is equally stunning

More Japanese Maples and London Plane

More Japanese Maples and London Plane


IMG_1655

The first of the ornamental cherries (Prunus serrulata sp.)

IMG_1657

Prunus serrulata sp. and Pistacia chinensis


IMG_1659

Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’ (Claret Ash)

This Australian raised cultivar is highly variable (even though all of these trees are grafted) – sometimes a brilliant red just like above, sometimes beautiful, multiple colourings. These trees make a fantastic medium-sized tree in temperate climates:

Claret Ash

Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’

Claret Ash

Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’

Claret Ash

Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’


Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica – (unusually all yellow)


Liquidambars are a commonly planted tree in Australia – they colour okay even in warm coastal locations like Sydney , but put them in a cooler climate and the results can be spectacular:

Liquidamber

Liquidambar

img61393

Liquidambars

Capture2

Liquidambar

Capture3

Liquidambar

Liquidamber

Liquidambar

img61395

Oak

Capture8

Oaks

img61394

Standard Japanese Maples and stream in one of the local gardens – so charming

Capture7

Liquidambar & Japanese Maples

Happy Gardening 🙂

Advertisements

55 thoughts on “Autumn Scenes from around Town

  1. Hopefully your garden didn’t suffer any damage from the storms you mentioned. We are a bit damp and muddy here after a couple days of moisture. We recently planted a few additional items from a local agri-market… one was an Acer plat. Faasen’s Black. http://www.plantenkweker.be/nl/catalogus/ACPFBLAC-acer-plat-faassens-black.html

    Do you often see the dark burgundy/brown leafed maples there?

    We are busy outside moving dirt still – leveling out and filling in. Still awaiting the large plant order…it can’t get here soon enough! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • The storms did a bit of damage, but nothing that a day or two cleaning ‘won’t fix 🙂 That maple is splendid – we do grow them here (but mostly the fastigiated version), and the colour in autumn is the most spectacular brown-ish copper. But they are an early colourer, so I missed getting photos – maybe next year 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Not much! It’s actually a time when things green up a bit, which is wonderful in its way… 🙂 There are a few trees that are supposed to be reliable for autumn colour here, but there are so many other factors to consider in selecting for this climate that colour has to go a bit lower on the list. I hope to begin planting larger trees next Sept/Oct so I am weighing the options…! Certainly the endemic species have very little autumn colour.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks! It is nice to have cohesive roadside plantings and avenues, thankfully our local council has identified this and is extending deciduous plantings along many roads, which will be a nice touch when they are grown

      Like

    • Thanks! I forget that non-Australians would think that odd, but it is quite common in towns to have trees planted in the road (talk about how to ensure a tree the most difficult start in life as possible) – they act almost like a separator for parked cars. But in this instance, the trees are flanking a driveway…it is a bizarre practice, I admit 🙂

      Like

    • The Fraxinus are just beautiful, and I love their variability: those 4 trees are all in the same park at the start of Railway Parade. The Liquidambars are just stunning – especially some of those intensely saturated pinks and reds. It’s almost like nature took out a packet of highlighters!

      Like

    • Thanks Cynthia ! It’s been a good display this year – I think the burst of warmth on either side of summer made the trees ready to give up their leaves at the first sign of cool weather

      Like

  2. What a wonderful post – the colours are fantastic. I would love to see them with my own eyes. The photos I liked best, though, were the oak tree ones as you have captured the light so beautifully.

    Liked by 1 person

    • They are fantastic – I was fortunate to be able to get the sun in the leaves (actually to have any sun at all, it’s been very inclement), and brown light seems to be a forgiving colour for I-phones to capture

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Gorgeous! Those Japanese maples equal the most intense reds I’ve ever seen on any Euonymus alata in full sun here. 🙂

    Liquidambars are commonly planted in Australia? Wow, that is a surprise, because in suburban areas here, the bazillions of spiny sweetgum balls the produce are definitely not appreciated and thus the trees are usually avoided. Do they usually color well in Australia? Here they are very unpredictable, not only from tree to tree but from year to year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I know that Liquidambars are a trash tree in their home country, but here they are everywhere in the temperate parts of Australia. Here in the mountains they always colour well; but in places like Sydney (which has a humid climate like Charlestown SC) they still colour acceptable at the start of winter – the worst colour I’ve ever seen on them is that deep burnt purple

      Like

  4. Looks great Matt! Thanks for sharing the pics. I love the transition from green, to yellow, to orange and red. It for sure makes everyone appreciate the seasonal changes and it’s quite interesting to see and hear the weather in a different hemisphere!

    Liked by 1 person

    • That’s ’cause you’re in spring 🙂 But seriously, this has been a really good year for colour. We had a very early start to summer back in October, and so far this month we’ve had more than half the month between 2C and 10C (days and nights) with almost no frosts and the trees have just loved it….

      Like

  5. Wow, awesome colors, I can see why the city folk head up your way for a little leaf peeping! The maple was my favorite until I saw those sweet gums. Such a rich blend of colors and the trees themselves have so much character. I’m not much of a fall lover but these pictures sure do make a good case for autumn!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s