When it comes to shrubs with great fall color, you have lots of choice. Here are three lists you may find helpful.

Shrubs with Colorful Fall Foliage

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Black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’)
  1. Amur maple (Acer tataricum ginnala) zone 2a
  2. Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) zones 2 to 9, depending on species
  3. Barberries (Berberis thunbergii and other deciduous species) zone 4b
  4. Blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) zone 2 to 6, depending on species
  5. Burning bush (Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’) zone 3b
  6. Chokeberries (Aronia spp.) zone variable, 3 to 5
  7. Common ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) zone 2b
  8. Common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiania) zone 4
  9. Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp.) zone 3 to 7, depending on species
  10. Dogwoods (Cornus spp.) zone 2 to 7, depending on species
  11. Dwarf burning bush (Euonymus nanus) zone 2
  12. Enkianthus (Enkianthus spp.) zone 5b to 7, depending on species

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    Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’)
  13. Fothergillas (Fothergilla spp.) zone 5 to 6, depending on species)
  14. Fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica) zone 4
  15. Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) zone 7
  16. Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) zone 6
  17. Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica, syn. S. x bumalda) zone 3
  18. Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) zone 5b
  19. Serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) zone 2 or 3, depending on species
  20. Shining sumac (Rhus copallinum) zone 5
  21. Spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus) zone 3
  22. Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) zone 3
  23. Viburnums (Viburnum spp.) zone 3 to 7, depending on species
  24. Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) zone 6
  25. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) zone 3 or 4, depending on cultivar

Shrubs with Colorful Fall Fruit

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Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
  1. Amur maple (Acer tataricum ginnala) zone 2a
  2. Barberries (Berberis spp.) zones 4b to 8, depending on species
  3. Beautyberries (Callicarpa spp.) zones 6 or 7, depending on species
  4. Blue hollies (Ilex x meservae) zone 5a to 7, depending on cultivar
  5. Chokeberries (Aronia spp.) zone variable, 3 to 5
  6. Common ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) zone 2b
  7. Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster spp.) zone 3 to 7, depending on species
  8. Firethorns (Pyracantha spp.) zone 6b to 8, depending on species
  9. Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) zone 7

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    Spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus)
  10. Northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) zone 4b
  11. Roses (Rosa cvs) zone 2 to 8, depending on cultivar
  12. Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) zone 3
  13. Shining sumac (Rhus copallinum) zone 5
  14. Snowberries (Symphoricarpos spp.) zone 2 to 6, depending on species
  15. Spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus) zone 3
  16. Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) zone 3
  17. Viburnums (Viburnum spp.) zone 3 to 7, depending on species
  18. Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) zone 3 or 4, depending on cultivar

Shrubs with Fall Flowers

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Seven sons flower (Heptacodium miconioides)
  1. Chinese mint shrub (Elsholtzia stauntonii), zone 4b
  2. Common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiania) zone 4
  3. Glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) zone 6b
  4. Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica, syn. S. x bumalda) zone 3
  5. Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) zone 3b
  6. Roses (Rosa cvs) zone 2 to 8, depending on cultivar
  7. Seven sons flower (Heptacodium miconioides) zone 4b
  8. Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa) zone 2

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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