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Old 02-18-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Back when I lived in Minnesota, we had some cold miserable Springs and Falls. The weather was so cold some years in April and May that the leaves did not come out on the trees until very late in May. And after enjoying the green of summer for what seemed like a second, it was Fall and by early September it was cold again and the leaves were turning colors and bare by the end of the month. So we had about 4 months of green trees. The rest of the year the trees were bare, brown and bleak looking.

So.. what cities in America have the least days of green trees? (And would only four months of greenery a year bother you?)
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Tucson probably have the least amount out of the entire country.

Tucson and Phoenix are probably a little bit more green than Las Vegas only because we have a lot of cacti and low-lying shrubs that are this odd green color. The high deserts in northern Arizona by Page and southern Nevada don't have as much "unique" plant life or plant life in comparison to the Sonora, in general thus making Las Vegas less green.

We do have palm trees that are green all year round, but it sure doesn't make the area feel "green" or anything like that. It feels VERY brown here, no matter how many non-native plants you could put here. Our palo verdes are green all year round (trunk is green) but not only are they not very common it is like palm trees where it still feels brown here.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Winnipeg, Manitoba. Autumn usually leaves all the trees bare by Columbus Day (Canadian Thanksgiving), at the absolute latest, and some years spring doesn't come till May. This, combined with the fact that Winnipeg is one of the world's windiest cities, means that those poor leaves don't stand much of a chance!
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: IN
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Back when I lived in Minnesota, we had some cold miserable Springs and Falls. The weather was so cold some years in April and May that the leaves did not come out on the trees until very late in May. And after enjoying the green of summer for what seemed like a second, it was Fall and by early September it was cold again and the leaves were turning colors and bare by the end of the month. So we had about 4 months of green trees. The rest of the year the trees were bare, brown and bleak looking.

So.. what cities in America have the least days of green trees? (And would only four months of greenery a year bother you?)
You didn't live in an area of Minnesota that had any pine, fir, hemlock, or spruce trees? Those stay green all year obviously. If I was living in Minnesota I would have mostly coniferous trees on my property with deciduous ones mixed in. It adds a substantial amount of greenery in the Winter season.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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One time I was up in Up State NY and it was late June and the trees had just broken out. It was beautiful and I am sure it is very nice from June to September but looking at bare trees for 8 months of the year must be depressing.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Fairbanks, Alaska. Their green season lasts just over three months, and it makes sense since it is among the world's northernmost cities with some deciduous vegetation. Trees often start to turn in late August, trees are usually bare around the end of September, and some years such as 2013 didn't have green leaves until June!
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