One of everyone’s favorite parts of the fall season is the beautiful foliage as the leaves turn and the temperatures get cooler. Looking to add some color to your yard each autumn? Take a look at our top five trees for the best fall colors in Illinois.

Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Not only does the Sugar Maple provide us with delicious maple syrup, they also give us stunning fall foliage, ranging from yellow to orange to red. This tree can grow over 80 feet with a span of up to 60 feet, making this a perfect addition to your yard if you’re looking for shade and privacy as well.

Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer freemani Autumn Blaze)

This medium sized tree turns a striking orange-red to scarlet in the fall, brightening any yard with its gorgeous tint. The Autumn Blaze matures quickly and can grow as much as two feet in a year if you’re looking for something to add in time for next year’s foliage!

Gingko Autumn Gold (Gingko biloba Autumn Gold)

The Autumn Gold is known for its fan-shaped leaves, turning bright yellow each fall. While it grows slowly at first, this large, deciduous tree grows rapidly up to 12 feet per year – maturing up to 100 feet tall. Talk about a statement piece for your yard!

Red Maple (Acer rubrum)

When growing in well-drained and slightly acidic soil, the Red Maple transforms into a lovely red color followed by a yellow-orange, consistent from mid-September into early October. In addition to the beautiful color, its reasonably simple care needs make it a great addition to your yard.

Apple Serviceberry (Amelanchier Autumn Brilliance)

This four season tree becomes a gorgeous red each fall. Growing up to 25 feet at full maturity, the Apple Serviceberry is an excellent choice for a woodland garden or naturalized setting. An added bonus are the delicious red berries that come with it each winter!

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