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Courtesy photo/Colette Inman Bauer

Autumn brings the change of leaves from green to brilliant reds, yellow, purple, browns and all shades in between, such as the Red Maple in front of the Tehama County Museum.

Autumn has arrived. I know that the calendar says it has been fall for over a month - but sometimes the calendar lies. At long last, we can enjoy the cool crisp fall mornings, perfect for working in the garden, followed by the delightfully warm afternoons. We still hope and pray for the much needed rain and know that it is more likely at this time of year. As the end of harvest approaches, there is pending sense of relaxation everywhere. Of course, one of the best parts of fall is the flavors. This morning I indulged in a slice of pumpkin bread with my cup of coffee. This is living!

The most obvious sign of fall is the color. We wait in anticipation as the leaves turn from vibrant greens to brilliant reds, yellow, purples, browns and all shades in between. This brings me to the subject of this week’s article, “The Red Maple”.

For the past 40 years, the Red Bluff Garden Club has assisted the Tehama County Museum with some of its landscaping projects. About 10 years ago, as an Arbor Day project, we planted two Maple trees in front of the museum. We chose to plant a Red Maple (Acer) hybrid called Autumn Blaze. This is a deciduous tree which provides spring blossoms, summer shade, and brilliant fall color.

This particular tree was chosen for this site for various reasons. We wanted a tall branching tree to provide shade for some of the museum functions that spill over on to the front lawn. We also wanted to break up the view of the facade of the museum from the street as well as add some interest and color to the area.

The Red Maple is fast growing and will get to be about 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Its rapid growth pattern meant that the benefits from such a tree would happen sooner rather than later. Since, shade was particularly important to this project the Red Maple was a good choice.

The Red Maple is native to the wetlands of North America and since this tree is planted in the lawn it needed to tolerate sporadic watering which it does beautifully. One of the problems with Maple trees, which most nurseries don’t tell us is that the roots often come to the surface but so far this has not been a problem.

Sometime during the month of November, when the leaves turn, take a drive to the City of Tehama (where the Tehama County Museum is located) and enjoy the stunning color of the Red Maple trees. If you should happen to drive by on a Saturday afternoon, you can also pop in and see the many exhibits dealing with Tehama County history. And if you want to have some fun and learn about gardening in our area, come and join us for a meeting of the Red Bluff Garden Club which meets at 1 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 525 David Ave., Red Bluff.

The Red Bluff Garden Club Inc. is a member of the Cascade District Garden Club, California Garden Clubs, Inc.; Pacific Region Garden Clubs, and National Garden Clubs, Inc.

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