A native tree found in wooded wetland areas, the black tupelo can tolerate a wide range of conditions, from standing water to dry, droughty soils. It has beautiful, brilliant red autumn foliage, and there are specimens in the Water Garden and Plant Family Collection, and at the Visitor Center.
What Gives Leaves Their Fall Color?
As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, leaves are losing their green and turning shades of gold and yellow, orange, red, and purple. This process is one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles, but why does it happen?
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Baton Rouge Dogwood
Cornus alba 'Minbat' (Baton Rouge Dogwood) in the Water Garden. Photo: Blanca Begert.
Red Maple Bonsai
Acer palmatum (red maple) in the Bonsai Museum. Photo: Sarah Schmidt.
Japanese Forest Grass
Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) capturing gold, yellow, and green hues of the afternoon sun, in a Perennial Border bed. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Acer rubrum 'Frank Junior' (red maple) in the Discovery Garden. Photo: Sarah Schmidt.
Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (winterberry) in the Discovery Garden. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Acer tegmentosum ( (snakebark maple) in the Plant Family Collection. Photo: Sarah Schmidt.
Nyssa sylvatica (black tupelo) in the Water Garden. Photo: Sarah Schmidt.
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac) in the Discovery Garden. Photo: Alvina Lai.
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Cladrastis kentukea (Kentucky yellowwod) in the Plant Family Collection. Photo: Sarah Schmidt.
Euphorbia punicea (Jamaican poinsettia) in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo: Blanca Begert.
Callicarpa dichotoma (purple beautyberry) in the Plant Family Collection. Photo: Blanca Begert.
A canopy of Lagerstroemia ‘Muskogee’ (crape myrtle) leaves or a silhouette of its branches? Either way, nature inspires! By the south end of the Lily Pool Terrace. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Ilex × attenuata ‘Longwood Gold’ (holly), and golden berries, near the Visitor Center. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Nigella damascena seedpods in a winter greenery display. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Chrysanthemum cultivar (chrysanthemum) in the Lily Pool Terrace. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Helleborus niger ‘HGC Josef Lemper’ (hellebore, Christmas rose), blooming near the Flatbush Avenue entrance. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Pycnanthemum muticum (clustered mountain-mint) on Magnolia Plaza. Photo: Elizabeth Peters.
Calliandra emarginata (pink powderpuff, fairy duster), in vibrant bloom in the Steinhardt Conservatory Entry House. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Carissa macrocarpa ‘Horizontalis' (natal plum or natal creeper) in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Itea virginica ‘Sprich’ LITTLE HENRY (Virginia sweetspire), providing fall fireworks in the Perennial Border. Photo: Lee Patrick.
Camellia sasanqua, informal upright style, in BBG's Bonsai Museum. Photo: Elizabeth Peters.
Grammatophyllum speciosum (tiger orchid) in the Aquatic House. Photo: Uli Lorimer.
Chrysanthemum cultivar (chrysanthemum) in the Lily Pool Terrace. Photo: Rebecca Bullene.
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