Celebrate Autumn in the Midwest
Apples, shrubs and trees
Visit an orchard to fill a bushel basket with juicy apples. Red Delicious apples (shown here) are a year-round favorite, but fall in the Midwest also brings a few weeks of sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples, bred by the University of Minnesota.
Plant trees and shrubs recommended by researchers at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois (30 miles west of Chicago's Loop; mortonarb.org), for outstanding red fall color: paperbark maple; sugar maple; red chokeberry 'Brilliantissima' (Aronia arbutifolia); red osier dogwood 'Cardinal'; sumacs, including Prairie Flame shining sumac; and most viburnums, including Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii).