Have Your Margarita and Fall Color, Too!

If you recently migrated to San Antonio for the warmer weather and margaritas, but feel like you left the colorful fall season behind, don’t fret. San Antonio may not have the same lovely crisp mornings or apple cider, but we can offer you some ideas on outstanding fall hues, albeit in slightly different forms.

Hot and humid are facts of life in San Antonio, but we can still achieve the traditional oranges and reds and include some non-traditional blues, yellows and pinks, too. It helps to know what to plant for a beautiful landscape that doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain.

  • Want traditional colors? Turn to bigtooth maple, multiple species of sumacs (flame, evergreen, and aromatic), Texas red oak, rusty blackhaw and crape myrtle. For trees with yellow leaves try cedar elm, little leaf walnut, eve’s necklace and escarpment black cherry.

Flameleaf Sumac

  • For some non-traditional fall colors, you could plant mist flower for blue, Mexican mint marigold, Maximillian sunflowers and copper canyon daisy for bright yellow, or the native shrub white bonset for mounds of white.

Maximillian Sunflowers

  • Partial to purple? Pick fall aster and gayfeather. But positively the best plants for fall and early winter color are bougainvillea and poinsettia. Nothing says San Antonio like hot pink and red in fall.

Fall Aster
Fall Aster

You don’t have to sacrifice fall color just because you relocated. Simply use the plants adapted to our soils and climate. Check out for other recommended plants and design ideas.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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