5 Shrubs for Fall Color

We generally think of red Maples and golden Aspens when we think of fall color. Here are 5 shrubs which also provide lovely autumn foliage. 

Burning Bush

Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is aptly named for the fiery red color of the leaves in autumn. A very popular medium sized shrub.

Cotoneaster Leaves

Peking Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus/acutifolia) leaves transition from green to orange to yellow with all three shades on the plant at the same time. A stunning display!


Western/Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) turns a blazing red color in fall. This native shrub spreads aggressively by suckers/runners. If you have a space for a miniature forest, Sumac is a good choice.


Red Feather Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum ‘JN Select’) has foliage that emerges red in the spring, then returns to that same red color in the fall. Many Viburnum varieties deliver some pretty fall foliage.

Japanese Spirea

Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica var.) provide some lovely fall color. These hardy shrubs are small to medium size and easy care. There are many varieties of Spirea. They bloom mid-summer and turn some shade of orange or yellow in the fall.