How to choose small garden trees for autumn color – plus planting tips
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How to choose small garden trees for autumn color – plus planting tips

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How to choose the right small garden tree to give your garden fabulous fall or autumn color, plus tips on planting and caring for the trees. Advice from head gardener, Stephen Herrington of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, with a tour of Leonardslee’s fall color.

Leonardslee in Sussex, England is well known for its beautiful autumn colour. Open all year round for 240 acres of walks and gardens:

0:00 beginning of video
0:58 Acer japonica ‘Aconitifolium’, otherwise known as ‘Downy Japanese maple ‘Aconitifolium’.
1:32 Rhododendron quinquefolium, otherwise known as ‘Cork azalea.’
3:38 First steps on how to choose the right trees for autumn color in your garden
4:19 The difference between container-grown trees and bare-root trees
5:19 Where to position a tree in your garden – what you need to think about
6:12 How to plant and care for a tree in your garden to make sure it grows well
6:28 Mycorrhiza are funghi which help the roots of a plant or tree take up nutrients. They occur naturally in the soil and you can buy commercial mycorrhiza to give your plant a helping hand (see below for a good brand).
7:35 Three of Stephen’s favourite trees for fall colour in small and middle-sized gardens are:
7:41 Sorbus ‘Eastern Promise’, also known as Rowan or Mountain Ash ‘Eastern Promise’. This is not shown in this video, but Google it to see how beautiful it is!
8:11 Nyssa sylvatica, also known as Tupelo or Black gum tree. Colours change throughout autumn, and it’s a little larger than the other two trees he recommends.
8:34 Acer ‘Flamingo’, also known as Maple ‘Flamingo’

The mycorrhizal product for new trees and plants I use is Empathy Rootgrow, also endorsed by the RHS: (note that links to Amazon are affiliate, which means I may get a small fee if you buy, but it won’t affect the price you pay. And I only recommend products I use and buy myself.)

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