Plants with red foliage

The leaf is a primary organ of plants, which develops as a lateral appendix of branches, trunks and drums. At first glance most leaves are green in colour, but not all leaves have this colour.
The prevailing colour is given by the plastids, small bodies with a round or tapered shape, present in all plants, they are divided into chloroplasts, leucoplasts and chromoplasts .Chloroplasts are green for the presence of a pigment called chlorophyll, leucoplasts are white for the presence of starch and chromoplasts for the presence of coloured pigments, have a banner function that makes the part of the plant they are located blatant.
In spring and summer, the green colour of leaves is due to chlorophyll. All photosynthetic organisms contain chlorophyll, but some plants also have accessory pigments that allow them to absorb a wider range of radiations from the solar spectrum.
Plants also contain orange and yellow colour pigments (carotenoids) and red and blue pigments (anthocyanins) that during the spring and summer are masked by chlorophyll.In the autumn, when the intensity of the sunlight decreases and the night temperature lowers, photosynthesis stops and the chlorophyll decomposes into amino acids, which go to accumulate in the roots. The green colour is attenuated and the other pigments become visible, especially red and yellow.


Species present in the area:
Scientific name (common name)

  • Nandina domestica (Nandina)
  • Acer platanoides Krimson King (maple)
  • Fagus sylvatica atropurpurea (Beech)
  • Cotinus coggygria (smoke tree)
  • Prunus Pissardi (Plum ornamental)
  • Weigelia folis purpurea (Veigelia)
  • Acero Palmatum dissectum (Maple webbed)
  • Berberis Tumberghii (Berberis)
  • Abelia rupestris (Abelia)
  • Berberis Verrucoloso (Berberis)
  • Lagestroemia indica (Lagestroemia)