20 Oct

14 Trees You Can Actually Plant in the Fall

With fall upon us, planting trees might be the last thing on your list.


That might just be because you were not aware of all the trees that can be successfully planted during the fall.

So don’t let this fall stop you from continuing to spruce up your yard with some new trees.

Let’s dive into 15 of the best trees you can plant this fall.

But one word of caution before planting any trees, you may want to consult us for a tree analysis and make sure you’re following all local tree ordinances.

It should also be noted that sometimes in order to clear way and make sure roots of dead or dying trees don’t harm your new tree, you may be in need of tree removal service. We try to make that process as easy and simple as we can. So feel free to reach out to us for a free consult.

  1. Ash Tree
    Otherwise known as Fraxinus can be planted during the fall. Ash trees can usually be identified by their opposite branching as opposed to most trees which have alternating branding. Opposite branching means the leaves come off each side of the branch verses alternating as they grow off the branch.
  2. Buckeye
    There are about 6 different species of Buckeyes. These trees are often valued as ornamental trees because of their beautiful candelabra-like flower clusters.
  3. Catalpa
    Also called catawba tree. Although this tree is native to warmer climates it’s still suitable for fall planting. It’s typical habitat is the subtropical regions of North America, the Caribbean, and East Asia.
  4. Crabapple
    Crabapple tree actually refers to any species of wild apple trees. They typically bear small bitter fruit. Since the fruit is not normally eaten, most crabapple trees are bred only for their blossoms.
  5. Hackberry
    Also known as it’s species name of celtis occidentalis. Hackberry is a large deciduous tree that is native to North America. This is a good tree to plant around water to prevent erosion and minimize risk from flooding.
  6. Hawthorn
    It’s scientific name is crataegus. They grow to be about 16 to 49 feet tall and have small pome fruit with typically thorny branches. To many of the nectar-feeding insects, the flowers of the hawthorn tree are an important source of nutrition.
  7. Honey Locust
    Also known as the thorny locust, this is a deciduous tree native to central North America. Although the tree is highly adaptable to different environments, it’s typically found in the moist soil of river valleys.
  8. Elm
    Elms are flowering deciduous and semi-deciduous trees. They are typically planted as ornamental trees in parks, along streets, and gardens. Some elms can grow to great heights and age.
  9. Kentucky Coffeetree
    Once upon a time this tree was the designated tree of Kentucky. The tree has large leaves made up of smaller leaflets, as well as large woody pods. They typically grow between 60 to 75 feet in height.
  10. Linden
    The genus of this tree includes about 30 species of trees and bushes. Another name for the tree is basswood. They typically reach about 65 to 130 feet tall. Their leaves are heart-shaped and most are asymmetrical. They also bear a fruit that looks like peas that hang down from a ribbon or branch.
  11. Maple
    Their scientific name is acer. There are about 128 species of maple trees. They grow to about 33 – 148 feet tall and are known for their spectacular display of autumn leave colors. Most young maples are shade tolerant.
  12. Sycamore
    An often fast growing tree used to provide shade in the hot summer days. They can grow up to 80 feet, so are not your tree for a small yard. They can handle moist soil along a riverbank, lake or pond. And they are also known for their “helicopter” type seeds that almost fly as they are dropped by the tree.
  13. Pines
    These are evergreen, coniferous resinous trees. They can grow to 10 – 260 feet tall. Pines live a very long life. They average about 100 – 1,000 years and some can live even longer. In fact, a bristlecone pine tree (living in in an undisclosed location) is the oldest living non-clonal organism on the planet.
  14. Spruces
    The genus of this tree is Picea. Spruces are very tall trees that grow to about 60 – 200 feet. These trees also live for a very long time. In fact, one of them is the world’s oldest known living tree at 9,550 years old. They are also typically known for their needles (leaves) and cones which hang down.
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