In order to master the species, ornamental characteristics and application status of color-leafed plants in Heyuan City, a detailed investigation is carried out on the main parks, squares, units, residential green space, green space attached to urban roads and other green space in the urban area in Heyuan City, Guangdong Province. The results show that the number of species of color-leafed plants applied in urban green spaces in Heyuan City is relatively large, with a total of 149 species in 108 genera of 62 families, dominated by trees and shrubs, with 114 species, accounting for 76.51% of the whole. The landscapes of colorleafed plants have a long duration and are viewed throughout the year. The color-leafed plants are planted in a various forms, with foundation planting, group planting, mass planting and linear planting being the most common. Based on investigation and research, it is proposed that urban green spaces in Heyuan City should be reasonably configured with color-leafed plants, increase the application of native color-leafed plants and strengthen maintenance management.