"Fall color" -- when you hear those words, the image immediately evoked is probably that of some gorgeous fall foliage tree, especially a maple. But maples are large trees, a fact that may put a damper on your attempts to inject fall color into your yard quickly, because:
- large trees take a long time to mature, meaning they won't have much of an impact for the foreseeable future
- and if you hasten the process by buying a tree that's already pretty big, you'll pay dearly for the privilege
Fortunately, it's not an all-or-nothing situation. Why not plant a shrub or vine for fall color at the same time that you plant a (small) tree? That way, the shrub or vine will supplement the meager fall color provided by the tree for the time being, while the tree is an investment in the more distant future.
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