Need That Fall Color Fix?

Contrary to popular belief, LA does, in fact, have seasons. They may not happen when or how you expect them to, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a fix of fall color in your life this autumn.

Some of our evergreen natives color up in fall when the temperatures drop by getting a reddish or purple tint to their leaves. Others turn yellow or orange before dropping their leaves. To be a leaf peeper, visit our local natural areas in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, and the San Bernardino National Forest. To see native and non-native beauty the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden or any of the other local botanic gardens (Descanso Gardens, South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens). And don’t forget to appreciate our street and park trees (crape myrtle, sweetgum, tulip tree to name a few)!

If you’re looking to plant natives with colorful autumn leaves, flowers, and fruit, these are some fantastic options:

For colorful leaves

  • Western redbud
  • Roger’s Red grape
  • Cottonwood
  • Golden currant
  • Skunkbush/ Basket bush
  • Western sycamore

For colorful flowers and fruit

  • Bladderpod
  • California aster
  • California buckeye
  • California buckwheat
  • California fuchsia
  • California goldenrod
  • California wild grape
  • California wild rose (hips)
  • Chaparral currant
  • Chaparral Honeysuckle
  • Rabbitbrush
  • Seaside daisy
  • Toyon

How about fall color and apple picking?! It’s a bit more of a drive, but there are two areas to accomplish this weekend trip. Oak Glen is a community of about 9 farms and orchards along a 5 mile loop in the San Bernardino Mountains Julian is a town in north San Diego County in the Cuyamaca Mountains. There are about the same number of orchards and farms as in Oak Glen. Check here for the U-Pick updates: