Fall Trees for Fall Planting

Fall Trees for Fall Planting

By Jessica Downs on November, 8 2019
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Fall Planting in California

Where has the time gone? Just like that, the temperatures are dropping quickly, and the year is almost over. School is in full swing, Sundays are all about football, and we can go hiking and explore our beautiful surroundings again!

When you imagine fall colors, do you think of beautiful east coast towns covered in gorgeous fall colors all over the landscape? Well our fall is here too, which means you can have the picturesque fall color in your yard instantly this season too!  

Benefits of California Fall Planting

When it comes to successful fall planting, you need two things – a great region like California and Moon Valley Nurseries.

Moon Valley Nurseries custom grows every tree to adjust to our Southwestern regions through every season. We acclimate them by growing them right here in the Southwest! We are also continually improving all our trees with stronger specimens as often as we can to create stronger trees every growing period.

California is one of the best places to live when it comes to adding more trees and building up your existing landscape or designing a completely new yard. It is one of the best places because planting can be done all year long. When it comes to fall planting, it can be done for longer periods in the Southwest compared to anywhere else in the country due to our amazing climate!

So, if you're looking to add that fall season feel to your yard today, be sure to consider one of these five trees below! Not only do they make the best backdrop for fall, but they will also look great all spring and provide plenty of shade through the summer.

Five Trees to Plant in Fall

raywood ash tree landscape yard

Raywood Ash

The Raywood Ash is a popular tree for landscapes across the Southwest. This Ash tree is known for its breathtaking display of vibrant red to deep burgundy foliage in the fall that gives any landscape a unique touch for the season. Its leaves drop off quickly after the fall season, allowing for an easy one-time cleanup.

During the warmer months, the Raywood Ash is an ideal shade tree that grows more upright than it does wide. Its dark green foliage provides a sharp contrast to any landscape and looks great as a stand-alone or specimen shade tree.

chinese pistache tree in nursery fall color

Chinese Pistache

A fast-growing tree that provides piercing beauty to any landscape, the Chinese Pistache is known for its bright red and orange leaves in the fall. This color show makes it a reliable favorite for fall color every year.  The tree produces a towering canopy of shade while displaying showy and attractive dark green leaves during the summer.

The Chinese Pistache is drought and cold-tolerant and can grow in full sun. Due to the Chinese Pistache's size, the tree is ideal when planted in an area where shade is needed.

Flowering Pear in container blooming

Flowering Pear

Known and desired for its fiery-red fall color, the Flowering Pear is an ornamental tree that performs well in many landscape applications. This tree is a moderate-to-fast grower that only needs low-to-moderate watering once established. The Flowering Pear can be left alone or pruned in any specific shape or size you need for your yard.

From late winter or early spring, the Flowering Pear produces deep green foliage with snow-white flower coverage that gives the tree incredible depth for long periods. This tree will keep your landscape lively through each season!

camphor tree in container at nursery


The Camphor tree is an evergreen tree that grows fast and wide so that it can block unwanted views in no time! The Camphor features dense wide-spreading foliage with glossy, dark green leaves that creates the perfect canopy for privacy and shade. The fragrant foliage is more than just a pretty canopy.

When crushed, the leaves are said to have therapeutic benefits. The leaves also help repel mosquitos from you and your yard. Many people suggest crushing the leaves up and rubbing them on the skin for ultimate protection. So, you won’t get bitten, AND you smell great. Win-Win!

shumard oak container landscape nursery

Shumard Oak

An awesome fall choice to include in your landscape is the Shumard Oak tree. One of the main benefits of having a Shumard Oak in your landscape is the beautiful vibrant red-orange colors that take over the canopy during the fall season. This fall display will surely get you into the holiday festivities!

This oak tree is a medium-to-large size tree and grows into a canopy with a wide-spreading reach. This allows the Shumard Oak to create large areas of shade all around it. This tree is a fast-growing species of oak that is very tough and can live for decades. The Shumard Oak will be a great investment that your family can enjoy for generations!

Learn More about Fall Planting from Moon Valley Nurseries

Click here to learn which palms to plant this fall in California.

Click here to find out why fall is the best time to plant in your region.

Click here for three design ideas that will instantly upgrade your yard and transform your landscape.

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