I was inspired to stop to take a picture of this amazing display of fall color. The orange flame pictured above is actually a mature Japanese Maple. Further down the street were two larger specimens of the same hue that were even more vibrant. Japanese maples sometimes feel overused in the landscape but when you see this you can’t help but admire them.
The two trees in the foreground are Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum) and they do well in offsetting the bright orange of their Japanese cousin. I love the way the green needles of the White Pine in the background creates a solid backdrop to really showcase the more vivid fall colors. It is equally important to create a good backdrop in the landscape so that specimen plants can take center stage.