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Developer and Mother Nature Paint the Town Red (and gamboge, ochre, and aubergine).

  Trees specially selected for their fall color contribute to the ‘Sense of Place’ of David Bagwell Company neighborhoods.

French playwright Albert Camus said, "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." American poet John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, "Beauty seen is never lost; God's colors all are fast."

Each fall, neighborhoods of the David Bagwell Company put on a Joseph's Coat of color, as trees planted along streets, in homeowners' yards, and throughout common areas assume bright autumnal hues.

Bagwell says, “We’re told there’s a ‘Sense of Place' about our developments that comes from classic architectural designs, preservation of natural areas, elaborate neighborhood-defining features, and our lavish tree planting, which is especially enjoyed in the fall."

His company maintains two nurseries of trees that Susan Folkert, Marketing Representative and leader of the company's tree planting initiative, has selected for planting at homesites. Among them is tupelo, with carmine leaves that herald the onset of fall. Native to uplands and stream bottoms from Maine to East Texas, its springtime flowers provide the nectar of honey celebrated in song by Van Morrison and prized by epicurean cognoscenti. The fall color of tupelo can be seen locally at 6801 Hillier Court in Benedict Hill at Westmont.

Another harbinger of fall is the cinnabar colored ‘Autumn Blaze’ maple, selected 2003 Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists. Planted throughout David Bagwell Company neighborhoods, representative ‘Autumn Blaze’ maples enliven 120 Muir Lane and 6713 Vines Court in Benedict Hill at Westmont.

‘Urbanite’ ash is a veritable painter's palette of colors each October. Some leaves remain green as their cohorts turn amber with shades of solferino, claret and the color of brinjal. Ms. Folkert chose ‘Urbanite’ ash for Stratton Green and varieties of different fall-coloring trees for other streets in the company's Broughton development to enhance the experience of people strolling about this pedestrian friendly neighborhood. One such tree is Shumard oak which, in the weeks before Thanksgiving, festoons Broughton Drive with the vivid color of port wine.

Other Shumard oaks are planted throughout David Bagwell Company developments. Large Shumards turn heads in the fall along the McDonwell School Road and Westcoat Drive stretch of the Solidago Trail that courses around and through Benedict Hill at Westmont, the Estates of Westmont, Whittier Heights and Old Grove at Whittier Heights.

Locally renowned are the 20 matching ‘October Glory’ red maples that line the Leyton Grove entry esplanade off Montclair Drive. Around Halloween, these trees put on a show of lustrous pomegranate color unmatched in North Texas. Leyton Grove is also enriched by the vermillion of Eastern white oak that line Hawthorne Avenue, the brilliance of the eponymous scarlet oak at 5301 Braedon Lane, and the burgundy of the swamp chestnut oak at 2311 Hawthorne. The walk from Leyton Grove to O.C. Taylor Elementary School is made umbrageous and breathtaking by the autumn aspect of swamp chestnut oaks, red maples and southern sugar maples. Two exceptional gold- and pumpkin-toned southern sugar maples, majestically empurpled, grace 2305 Carlisle Avenue in late October.

Along Providence Road and throughout Whittier Heights in northwest Colleyville, the cardinal of Nuttal oaks contrasts against a clear fall sky in concert with the citron color of American elms planted nearby. Also seen throughout Whittier Heights and Old Grove at Whittier Heights are Texas ash, winged elm, amur maple, and varieties of hickory that are steadfast in the auburn, sienna, turmeric, jasper, and maize hues that their leaves take on each fall.

Luxury homebuyers can see the fall spectacle of Mother Nature and her David Bagwell Company collaborators throughout Colleyville. For additional information, contact Susan Folkert at 214/673-6754 or go to www.bagwellcompany.com.

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