From spring to fall, Japanese maples are the best.

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  1. It used to be that we had to look forward to a colder, dryer fall to get the best out of the fall colours, but now I think we are reaping the benefits of a few decades of breeding especially for fall colour. Quite a few years ago I noticed some of the cultivars being newly planted had names like “Scarlet Sentinel” and “Autumn Blaze”. And there are many more. I just looked on the city’s tree database, and these cultivars are to be found in just the downtown:

    Scarlet Sentinel
    Norwegian Sunset
    Autumn Flame
    Autumn Blaze
    Red Sunset
    Scarlet Oak
    Redspire
    Crimson King
    Pacific Sunset
    Brandywine Red
    October Glory
    Sunburst
    Autumn Purple
    Autumn Applause

    And this certainly has not been a cooler, dryer fall.

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