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Old 02-01-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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Default Fall Foliage in Houston?

Do the leaves actually change color in Houston? My MIL moved to east Texas (Longview) last year and says she misses the leaves turning. She's from Virginia. I'm in NC and considering a move to Houston.

If they don't actually turn, where is the nearest vacation spot that we could rent a cabin or something to see the leaves?
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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I have a spot south of Longview, in Rusk.. Fall of '09 we had some pretty good color. This year was a lack luster. Keep in mind it will be nothing like VA/NC color, but some years in can be rewarding. Color hits just before Thanksgiving though. There's a lookout on 69, just north of Jacksonville that has a pretty good panaramic view, with some rolling foothills. I'm lucking to have some great roll and long range foothill views.

In Houston, sometimes the Crappy Myrtles do some bright red tricks. OTher than that, you have to plant Maple varities and hope for a droughtless summer........that hasn't happened for the past two years either.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: America
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Lol, foothills of what?

In my opinion, there's "nice" fall color in much of the state, north of San Antonio. I've seen some nice, vivid reds and yellows in Dallas. And yes, crepe myrtles do put on quite a show (in spring and fall)...none of what we have may be impressive to someone from VA, but hey, the South ain't known for fall color.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Depends on how cold it get when the leaves turn. I thought red and golden leaves were just in picture books until moving north. Houston generally had summer and 5 days of winter. Seasons are nice, but not having to put on shoes to take out the trash or get the paper is good, too. One of those trade off one makes in life.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Foliage is almost non-existent here, but if you get a cold front at just the right time you'll see it for about 2-3 days on Tallows and Sweetgums. Usually this is in early December.

There is plenty of fall color in the upper South, not to the extent of the northeastern states, though. You can try places such as SE Oklahoma, NW Arkansas, Eastern TN, Western NC, NW Georgia, NE Alabama. Actually there is a state park in NE Alabama that has made certain "top 5" lists for foliage in the entire country (Desoto); one of these days I'm gonna make it out there.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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TPWD: Lost Maples State Natural Area Fall Foliage Report

Wild Texas Parks: Lost Maples State Natural Area - Vanderpool, TX
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:47 PM
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Some nice spots here:
TPWD: Fall Foliage in Texas State Parks
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: 77059
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I hate to say it, but those Lost Maples fall pix are pretty uninspiring. Hence why I recommended out of state. I think you could do better even in NE TX vs the Hill Country.

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Old 02-01-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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My old home: Fayetteville, Arkansas (9 hours away by car).

Look, fall foliage is something you just give up when you move to Texas, as another poster said. There is NO place in Texas (not East Texas, not the much-vaunted Hill Country, and certainly not Dallas/Ft. Worth) that will even come remotely close to what you're used to.

As crone points out though, being able to (in my case) drive with the convertible top down in January, February, and March; having palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvilla, and other tropicals; the infamous "Christmas shopping in shorts and T-shirts"; to me more than compensates for the leaden skies and wintry mix of places like North Carolina, Virginia, and the northeast.

If you want beautiful fall foliage, "the change of seasons" (which I think is VASTLY over-rated), and snow, better steer clear of Houston in particular and Texas in general.

I, myself, hate, despise, and detest snow. I never want to see another flake. Ever. I don't like winter. I don't really like fall foliage, either. It's pretty to look at, but I'm miserably allergic to it, and I certainly don't want to clean it up ever again, or be exposed to the smoke of people burning leaves.

To each his own.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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My old home: Fayetteville, Arkansas (9 hours away by car).

Look, fall foliage is something you just give up when you move to Texas, as another poster said. There is NO place in Texas (not East Texas, not the much-vaunted Hill Country, and certainly not Dallas/Ft. Worth) that will even come remotely close to what you're used to.

As crone points out though, being able to (in my case) drive with the convertible top down in January, February, and March; having palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvilla, and other tropicals; the infamous "Christmas shopping in shorts and T-shirts"; to me more than compensates for the leaden skies and wintry mix of places like North Carolina, Virginia, and the northeast.

If you want beautiful fall foliage, "the change of seasons" (which I think is VASTLY over-rated), and snow, better steer clear of Houston in particular and Texas in general.

I, myself, hate, despise, and detest snow. I never want to see another flake. Ever. I don't like winter. I don't really like fall foliage, either. It's pretty to look at, but I'm miserably allergic to it, and I certainly don't want to clean it up ever again, or be exposed to the smoke of people burning leaves.

To each his own.
Yes; changing tree colors is overrated. It's nice to look at, but that's it.
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