Since most conifers are evergreen, you don’t expect to see conifers turning golden-yellow in the fall. That is a big part of the charm of deciduous conifers. Mixed in with the evergreens, a burst of flaming gold is an unexpected exception. The color is more striking when it is surrounded by a sea of green.
|Japanese Larch at Hoyt Arboretum|
There are two more deciduous conifers native to North America. One is the eastern larch or tamarack (Larix laricina), which grows from New England, across Canada, and in Alaska. The other is the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), which grows in the swamps of the southeastern United States. You can see a bald cypress at Hoyt Arboretum just south of the Metasequoia on Bray Lane.
When you are looking for fall colors, be sure to check out the deciduous conifers at Hoyt Arboretum.