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Old 09-03-2018, 03:45 PM
 
Location: NC
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Mountains of NC. Seeing some color on maples and a few other trees. Also seeing more and more leaves falling. It seems too early to me.
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Old 09-03-2018, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Mountains of NC. Seeing some color on maples and a few other trees. Also seeing more and more leaves falling. It seems too early to me.

Almost all the leaves are off my apple trees; but they suffer from fire blight. We have so many invasive insects that can push an early color change or leaf fall.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:11 PM
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Location: Algood/Cookeville TN
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As we were driving down the street this afternoon, my wife noticed the first touch of red on the edges of some leaves on a maple tree in a neighbor's yard.
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:14 AM
 
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I'm a fan of the locust tree. They drop their leaves earlier than most and when a chill autumn wind( or not so chill) blows and you see those yellow leaves fluttering and spinning down en masse its something. There's a stretch of road north of us along Route 61 called " Dark Water." It got its name from the tannins of the leaves turning the creeks dark. The Black Moshannon in Center County Pa means the same. Dark Water is along a valley with steep hills and those leaves will be flying turning the area golden.
Yellow is my favorite leaf color. Poplars, oaks, some maples, they have a mix of yellow and russet browns. When you walk along a woodland trail and everything is golden its like stepping into another world.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:30 AM
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Location: 46060, Hardiness zone 5b/6a
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According to sources on the web, Iíve heard that the trees are starting to change colors earlier than usual in places like Colorado, specifically the mountain high country of Colorado; Iíve heard that the drought in Colorado is likely responsible for the colors coming early.
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:42 PM
Status: "Will global warming make indianapolis the new death valley?" (set 9 days ago)
 
Location: 46060, Hardiness zone 5b/6a
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Hello, anyone?doesnít anybody care to share observations on fall foliageIt is my understanding that the trees in the inter mountain west have begun changing and in those areas some places(Colorado for example)the trees there are changing weeks ahead of schedule and in a few cases are already near peak conditions. Nothing to see yet in the greater Indianapolis metro area though, so I suppose I understand about the lack of comments or activity on this thread.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:51 PM
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Location: Algood/Cookeville TN
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Noticed on our way into town this morning that a few dogwood trees have finally colored nicely and a couple of sweetgums in the woods were looking good. Other than that, the only sign of autumn here is a smattering of color on some maples and just a touch on a sourwood in a neighbor's yard. Autumn is in no rush getting here this year.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:11 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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For best color changes, the trees need sunny days and cold nites: a lot of sun puts photosynthesis into high gear- the chlorophyll is "used up & depleted" during the day-- and then with cold nites, it can't be re-generated very well, so without hi levels of chlorophyll, the secondary pigments show thru.


We've had a lot of rain here lately- little sunlight, liitle color change. Then with two bright days in a row & cold nites-- Viola!-- you could almost see the colors change hour by hour. Colors show thru at the sun-exposed tops first. It looks like the crowns are on fire. Beautious!


I like the week before "peak color." You have a lot of color but also a lot of green remains for contrast. We also have a good diversity of tree types in our forests here, so many different colors, from tans, to golden yellows, to flaming orange and then bright and dull reds all mixed randomly
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Canada
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We had millions upon millions of tent caterpillars earlier this year. It was just disgusting. This was our second year in the row that they came in hordes. Our maple tree leaves were chewed to at least 50%. What used to be a beautiful forest of colours in the fall, are now just yellow with no reds, and not pretty at all.

I said to hubby that the ONLY thing those darned caterpillars are good for is reducing the amount of leaves to rake in the fall.

I wish there was something that could kill them off because I'm afraid they will be back again next year They'd better not end up killing our trees!
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Old 10-05-2018, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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We had millions upon millions of tent caterpillars earlier this year. It was just disgusting. This was our second year in the row that they came in hordes. Our maple tree leaves were chewed to at least 50%. What used to be a beautiful forest of colours in the fall, are now just yellow with no reds, and not pretty at all.

I said to hubby that the ONLY thing those darned caterpillars are good for is reducing the amount of leaves to rake in the fall.

I wish there was something that could kill them off because I'm afraid they will be back again next year They'd better not end up killing our trees!

Do you mean 'gypsy moths' or tent caterpillars? The reason I ask is because the tent caterpillars usually eat fruit trees and our wild black cherry trees - not maples. If you are having problems with the gypsy moths your county might have a spraying program that you can sign up for to get sprayed in the Spring. If they are tent caterpillars and you own land; I got rid of most of mine by removing all the smaller wild cherry trees and carefully spraying my fruit trees. Tall, large wild cherry trees do not have the problem of the smaller, shorter, trees.

Good luck!
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