The deciduous trees still aren't showing much color but I found two exceptions.
|The coral bark Japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'), grown in a protected spot alongside our garage, is the only reliable provider of fall color I have|
|The noID persimmon at the edge of my cutting garden didn't produce any fruit this year but it has a touch of fall color, which isn't always the case. A second persimmon tree on the other side of the fence has a little fruit but ugly brown leaves.|
|This year Leptospermum 'Pink Pearl' is obscuring the persimmon's best side|
|The persimmon doesn't look as impressive from this side, at least not yet|
In the absence of real fall color, we look to plants that can mimic it. Here's an example:
|Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' has colored up nicely in the succulent garden on the south side of the house|
My neighbor's maples are just showing the first signs of changing color but I expect it could be Christmas before they're flashy enough to show off. I hope those of you in colder climates had a chance to enjoy the colors of fall before freezes hit or snow arrived. Best wishes to all of you in the US in the sights of the Nor-easter.
*A "marked decline" here means temperatures occasionally dipped into the 40s.
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