Harry and I recently hiked in the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky to enjoy the fall color. Trees were creating the biggest splashes, however shrubs and low-growing trees were also adding to the color and bringing it closer to eye level.
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) was abundant with its colorful mitten-shaped leaves.
There are several varieties of native blueberries (Vaccinium) and most have colorful fall foliage. These were abundant, creating areas of beautiful ground cover.
Maple-leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) wasn’t abundant but it’s a shrub I’m always glad to see. The unusual color of its rosy-magenta leaves makes it a special treat.