7 Utah Shrubs with Gorgeous Fall Colors

Would you like shrubs that provide beauty throughout the year and an explosion of fall color? Choosing the right varieties for our Northern Utah climate is the biggest challenge.
Utah Shrubs with Gorgeous Fall Colors

Millcreek Gardens offers a wide variety of gorgeous, colorful shrubs that are well-suited to the growing conditions in the Salt Lake City area and along the Wasatch Front. For a stunning autumn landscape year after year, consider planting a few of these eye-catching outdoor plants.

No. 1: Chokeberry

In the spring, the chokeberry shrub features brilliant white flowers that resemble apple blossoms. Come summertime, bright red bursts of berries sprout. When fall arrives, chokeberry shrubs are filled with dazzling, orange-red foliage. With beauty throughout every season, this shrub is a Utah gardener’s dream.

No. 2: Sumac

Sumac shrubs come in several varieties, many of which sport colorful fruit clusters and tiny flowers during the warmer months of the year. In the fall, sumac leaves turn a beautiful bright red color, making these shrubs a standout choice for any Northern Utah landscape.

No. 3: Viburnum

During the spring and summer, viburnum shrubs are showstoppers, featuring dense green leaves dotted with clusters of vibrant white flowers. Come fall, the foliage changes to a warm shade of red and the plant sprouts tiny bunches of ruby-colored fruits.

No. 4: Fothergilla

Fothergilla is not commonly found in Northern Utah landscapes, but the beauty of this shrub is undeniable. In the spring and summer months, fothergilla has stunning blue-green leaves and honey-scented floral bursts. The fall color of these shrubs is just as amazing, as the foliage develops a bright gold or orange shade.

No. 5: Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia sweetspire is an easy-to-grow flowering shrub, loved by Utah gardeners for its gloriously fragrant white early-summer flowers. During the autumn months, the leaves of these shrubs turn a rich shade of purplish-red that adds to the beauty of any landscape.

No. 6: Oakleaf Hydrangea

A great shrub for shady spots, oakleaf hydrangea features gorgeous flower clusters that grow for several months, gradually changing from cream-colored to rusty red. For fall color, the leaves turn a beautiful shade of burgundy in the autumn months.

No. 7: Smokebush

For marvelous color, smokebush shrubs are hard to beat. During spring and summer, the purple or gold foliage and soft, feathery flower clusters catch everyone’s attention. In the fall months, the leaves are just as eye-catching, featuring shades of orange and pink.

Is your landscape lacking in fall color? Now’s a great time to plant some new shrubs.

For more ideas and tips on shrubs and other outdoor plants, visit Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can suggest the perfect shrubs to bring a riot of fall color to your Northern Utah landscape.