When you think of fall, generally, you picture red, orange, and yellow leaves and crisp cool air. However, Florida in the fall is much like Florida in any other season. Although we see a drop in temperature, we do not see trees take dramatic changes throughout the year as they do in the northern states.
Don’t get us wrong, Florida is a beautiful state and has plenty to offer when it comes to enjoying the beauty of nature. However, admiring the foliage during the fall is not one of those things. Fortunately, a few trees can offer residents a small glimpse into the fall spirit and the ability to admire the changing leaves. Today we will look into 3 different types of trees that change color in fall down here in the sunshine state.
1. Red Maple
The Red Maple tree is Florida’s most traditional color-changing tree, typically found in the central and northern part of the state. This tree is a reasonably fast grower and can average around 35-80 feet tall and 25-35 feet wide. Because of its large structure and rapid growth, you’re going to need to give this tree lots of room to thrive. If you are looking for more colorful leaves, this tree displays more vibrant beauty when placed in rich, organic, and wet soil.
2. Crape Myrtles
Did you know that the Crape Myrtles were originally grown in Japan, China, and parts of Southeast Asia? Now, you can find these beautiful blossoming trees throughout Florida. The beauty of the Crape Myrtle tree can be admired throughout the year with beautiful cluster-like flowers that seem to weep off the branches. In the autumn months, the Crape Myrtle’s leaves change to beautiful hues of red, burgundy, yellow, and orange, giving Florida residents a small glimpse of the fall beauty that many northerners get to enjoy each year.
The Blackgum tree is highly adaptable to the environment. Typically, they are found near Florida’s famous swamplands and prefer more acidic and wet soil. During the fall months, the bright and green leaves slowly change to red during the first few weeks of fall. During these months, small blue fruit is produced which attracts wildlife such as birds and squirrels causing the tree to be filled with life.
Don’t be quick to cross Florida off your list if you want to admire the beauty that changing foliage brings in the fall months. Even though many trees stay green and vibrant year-round, a handful of our trees do offer a change in colors and instill the spirit of fall. Are you looking for tree services in the Brevard and Volusia county areas? SB Tree Service is here to help you with all your tree care needs, from trimming, removal, stump grinding, and much more. Give us a call today and schedule a free estimate!