Fall Foliage Favorites

Spring may be the season for showy blooms, but nothing beats autumn when it comes to the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage. With a carefully curated collection of trees from around the world, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the best places in St. Louis to soak in the colorful seasonal display. Or, take a short drive down Interstate 44 where the rolling hills of Shaw Nature Reserve provide perfect scenic views of vibrant fall color.


A hybrid hickory, Carya x laneyi, on the Knolls. Photo by Tom Incrocci.


Sumac, genus Rhus, dotting the Prairie at Shaw Nature Reserve. Photo by Lisa DeLorenzo Hager.


Fraxinus americana ‘Rosehill’ in the Strassenfest Garden. Photo by Cassidy Moody.

Black gum

A cluster of black gums, Nyssa sylvatica, near the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Photo by Tom Incrocci.


A dogwood, Cornus florida, near the Bascom House at Shaw Nature Reserve. Photo by J. J. Mueller.

Golden Larch

Golden Larch, Pseudolarix amabilis, to the left of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum. Photo by Cassidy Moody.

Japanese Maples

Acer palmatum is the dominant species of Japanese maple in the Japanese Garden. Photo by Kent Burgess.

Bald Cypress

Bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, on the shore of Pinetum Lake at Shaw Nature Reserve. Photo by Sundos Schneider.

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