What trees have red leaves?

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What trees have red leaves?
Consider red-leafed trees for a splash of colour. (Red Maple tree image by Mr. D from Fotolia.com)

Green-leaved trees can create a beautiful background to any garden or home landscape, but for trees that really stand out, consider including some that have red leaves all year round. Unlike those deciduous trees that change colour for only a brief period in the fall, there are several trees that can bring a splash of red to the garden all throughout the year.

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Japanese Stripped-bark Maple

The Japanese stripped-bark maple is a member of the maple family that is hardy enough to thrive in plant hardiness zones 5 through 7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This deciduous tree reaches a mature height of between 30 and 35 feet, and has a moderate growth rate. When the leaves first emerge in the spring they are a bright red. As the season progresses, the leaves fade to green, and when autumn comes around they turn back to a reddish yellow.

Tricolour Beech Tree

The smallest of all beech trees, the tricolour beech typically only reaches a height of between 20 and 30 feet. It does well in sun or shade, and can survive the below freezing temperatures of northern winters. Unlike typical beech trees that stay green through the summer and turn bronze in the winter, the tricolour beech has leaves that are only partially green, with white, red or pink borders and stripes running through them. The colours vary from tree to tree, and some even have leaves that are mostly an attractive reddish-purple colour. Because of this inherent variation, those looking to purchase a tree with a particular pattern or colour are encouraged to look at the tree when its leaves have already developed.

What trees have red leaves?
The purple beech tree is another colourful alternative to the tricolour. (purple beech tree image by Karen Hadley from Fotolia.com)

Crimson King Maple

The Crimson King maple is the only maple that keeps its reddish-purple leaves all summer long. As hardy as the rest of the maple family, the Crimson King thrives in zones 4 through 7. It can withstand freezing temperatures, and its resilience makes it an excellent choice for a street or city tree. It does equally well in rich or poor soil, and in sunny or shady areas. In addition to its unique foliage, the Crimson King is a flowering tree that blossoms in the early spring. The mature height of the Crimson King is up to 50 feet, so plan accordingly when placing near patios and around power lines.

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