Help us find Philly’s prettiest fall trees

Because you don’t have to leave the city to see gorgeous autumn foliage.

The Philadelphia skyline as framed by the Belmont Plateau maple

The Philadelphia skyline as framed by the Belmont Plateau maple

Mark Henninger

Cozy sweaters, cool nights and pumpkin spice lattes notwithstanding, the best part of autumn in the Northeast U.S. are the fleeting few weeks when deciduous trees don a gown of gold and orange. Even apple-picking-haters probably love themselves some pretty fall foliage. (Right, Anna? Right??)

You can go on a drive to catch the changing colors, but you don’t have to. There are several trees right in Philadelphia that put on a great show.

The spectacular maple at the center of Belmont Plateau is probably the best-known example — you’ve Instagrammed it, admit it — but there are definitely more. But where, exactly? That’s where you come in.

We need your help identifying the best autumn trees in Philly. Whether in one of our great public squares or at the corner of your block, we want to hear about it. In a couple weeks, when it’s prime leaf-peeping season, we’ll publish a map of the best ones. Maybe we’ll even set up a tree crawl bike ride for full frontal foliage pleasure.

Tell us about your tree crush using the form below.

If you have a pic, definitely send it in — you can email it or just use this form instead of the one below (requires Google Drive sign-in) — but that’s not a requirement to suggest. Thanks and catch you on the fall side.

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