Anyone recommend some colourful garden trees?

Hi all, our house is right on the edge of a forest we have lots of lovely green trees but we'd like to add some trees of different colours, about 8 medium sized trees in total, any recommendations?
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Kousa Dogwood Stewardia Franklinia Magnolia Crab apple Cherry Dogwood Pine
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This will get you going but the best is to visit a garden an look about. Take Pen & Paper & camera. Spring summer fall and winter are issues too.
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snipped-for-privacy@wi.rr.com wrote:

There a few different varieties that bloom at different times too.
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, you've been very helpful!
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Would you care to give us some sort of clue as to where you are located......country, city, Agricultural zone, etc. What would grow in southern California probably wouldn't do well on the coast of Scotland, just as an off the wall example. There is a 'uk.rec.garden' . The people there may be of more help to you.
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Since you don't say what zone you're in, it may be difficult to recommend trees for you. But, if you are in the right zones, decorative plums are nice with their deep burgundy leaves which would be a lovely contrast to the green from your surrounding forest. Japanese maples are a great choice because many can give you three colors for the three seasons. You can get them with either green or red summer foliage, and the autumn colors can be either red or brilliant oranges and yellows. Some start with one color green, like a light, lime or yellow green in the spring and go to another darker color green in summer. You can research them at many sites. Just google Japanese maples and you'll find a lot of site with pictures and explanations. Dogwoods come in white, pink and red flowers; but the flowers only last a small time in early spring. Then the leaves go green. If you're in the right zone, you can get flowering shrubs that are like small trees and they can come in various shades of white and pink. There are a lot of beautiful flowering spring trees like flowering cherry, styrax japonica which is a 20-30' tall, narrowish tree with charming white or pink, hanging bell shaped flowers in the spring. Your location and the size of tree you want is your first consideration. You can check out many of the on line nurseries for pictures and more detailed information on what would work for your area.
Regards, June
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except Kousa dogwood, the flowers come after the leaves and last for 2 months. then the berries turn red, in fall the leaves are bronze and gorgeous. Ingrid

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Most tree foilage is green. What exactly do you mean... flowers, fruit, bark, fall foliage... some trees have various hued magenta leaves but that may not be what you want You're in the UK, have you checked local nurseries?
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On Tue, 27 May 2008 19:16:56 +0100, Freedom_Spark

Redbud 'Forest Pansy' Purple smoke bush Japanese Maples (if you have acidic soil, also these grow slowly) Purple plum
Do a search for local trees, that's best.
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