The glorious fall foliage of full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum) 'Autumn Moon' isn't this tree's only plus. In spring, the new leaves emerge red before turning the tree's summer color of light green tinged with a slight red-orange blush.
A native maple, Pennsylvania striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum) thrives in hardwood forests as an understory plant, a plant that grows best in the shade of tall trees. In your own yard, tuck striped maple into a spot with light to full shade. As the name hints, the bark on this maple features white stripes. Leaves have a trio of strongly pointed lobes, which give rise to another common name: goosefoot maple. This plant is also known as moosewood, because it’s a favorite food of moose (and deer). Fall color is vibrant yellow. Striped maple is the perfect addition to native planting designs or a wildlife garden. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Bring on the fall show two weeks sooner by adding Scarlet Jewell red maple (Acer rubrum ‘Bailcraig’) to your yard. This beauty offers the classic, full shape of a red maple coupled with an early start to fall color. Give Scarlet Jewell a spot in full sun with moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.