HF&G Fall Color Watch 2022

Happy fall! As the leaves change in Northeast Ohio, Holden Forests & Gardens will keep you up-to-date on which trees are showcasing their fall color best as the season progresses. Join us each week as we spotlight a different tree and/or shrub that you can see at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Week of October 24, 2022

Fall color is still holding strong in Northeast Ohio so now is the time to experience the season at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden.

This week we are highlighting two bewitching members of the witch-hazel family that display a red, orange, yellow, and even purplish fall foliage at October’s end.

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a tree usually 60-80 feet tall. Native to southern Ohio and much of the eastern and southern U.S. from Connecticut to Florida, west to southeastern Missouri and eastern Texas, and in the mountains of Central America from Mexico to Nicaragua. The leaves are star shaped with 5-7 lobes. Trees originating from a bit further south than southern Ohio are at their peak this week showing oranges, reds, yellows and even purple. See them at the Holden Arboretum in front of the Corning Visitor Center, in the Display Garden, and by Sherwin Pond in the Layer Rhododendron Garden. At Cleveland Botanical Garden ‘Slender Silhouette’ may be seen just southwest of the Kohl Gate adjacent to the Topiary Garden.


Fothergilla or witch-alder (Fothergilla x intermedia) is a shrub usually 6-10 feet tall. A common garden hybrid of two southeastern U.S. natives, dwarf fothergilla (F. gardenii) of the coastal plain, and large fothergilla (F. major) of the mountains and the Piedmont. The leaves exhibit warm red, orange, yellow and on some individuals, purple. See them at Holden Arboretum west of Blueberry Pond, on the west side of the Display Garden and the west side of the Layer Rhododendron Garden. At Cleveland Botanical Garden, see the witch-alders along East Boulevard just north of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouses, and in the Evans Restorative Garden.

Happening This Fall at Holden Arboretum & Cleveland Botanical Garden:

Leaf Trail

Starting on the first day of fall, Thursday, September 22nd, learn to appreciate the beauty of fall color by learning about leaf and tree identification at the Botanical Garden! Pick up a brochure and follow the Leaf Trail, an autumn leaf identification activity that teaches you how to identify the trees around you, as well… »

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Leaf Trail

Starting on the first day of fall September 22nd, sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills as Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color! Pick up a brochure at the Arboretum and follow the Leaf Trail, an immersive autumn leaf identification activity. Learn how to identify the trees around you by collecting leaves and organizing… »

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