Tom Digerness wrote:Oregon grapes, the leaves turn red, look like holly, and don't drop. They make a tart little treat. Roots are medicinal and can make a yellow dye.
Gurkan Yeniceri wrote:Aronia melanocarpa - the true miracle fruit with highest antioxidant levels
Daron Williams wrote:For those of you in the Pacific Northwest here are a list of some of our native plants that have really nice fall leaf colors. Some of these are not native to the whole region - the Cascades tend to keep some plants on one side or the other.
- Pacific Dogwood
- Vine Maple
- Big Leaf Maple
- Western Serviceberry
- Paperbark Birch
- Red Osier Dogwood
- Black Hawthorn
- Oregon Ash
- Western Larch
- Quaking Aspen
- Black Cottonwood
- Red Flowering Currant
- Golden Currant
- Nootka Rose
I have found these native plants can be hit or miss in terms of fall colors depending on the year. For example, big leaf maple can be amazing and last year the trees around Olympia looked great. But this year they were not as golden as last year - but this year had a much better seed crop than last year.
Some of these plants also have really nice flowers. Red flowering currant is really great in the early spring and I also really like serviceberry flowers too!
Steve Thorn wrote:It's a double bonus when plants can be both edible and beautiful!
Crt Jakhel wrote:Those are Prima and Sunflower pawpaws (asimina triloba). For 10 years we only had the pretty autumn leaves to look forward to. This year we finally had fruit; 5 years to start flowering + 4 years of various mishaps. It was worth the wait. (But nobody would really mind if it were shorter.)
Steve Thorn wrote: I have a paw paw of unknown variety that is a little younger. It flowered for the first time this year but with no fruit. Hoping to get some first fruit this year too!
Kc Simmons wrote:I'm envious of everyone's fall colors. Around here it seems like everything just goes from green to brown overnight.
I'm not sure what this tree is, but it's one of the few with a bit of autumn color.