No fall color?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-11-2012
No fall color?
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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 12:11pm

Typically this time of year it is absolutely beautiful where I live but this year there is so little fall color. Most of the trees in my area are still green looking and we are expecting our first snowfall. Does this mean we won't get any great color this year?

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 12:47pm

owaitress wrote:

Typically this time of year it is absolutely beautiful where I live but this year there is so little fall color. Most of the trees in my area are still green looking and we are expecting our first snowfall. Does this mean we won't get any great color this year?

Oh no. :( I hope you get some color. It may have to do with the weather/rain you've seen. Here's some info I found on the colors you may and may not see and why:

Temperature, sunlight and soil moisture all play a role in how the leaves will look in the fall.

Abundant sunlight and low temperatures after the abscission layer forms cause the chlorophyll to be destroyed more rapidly.

Cool air (especially at night) with a lot of daytime sunshine promote the formation of more red and purple pigments.

Freezing conditions destroy the leaf's ability to manufacture the red and purple pigments. Early frost will end the colorful foliage.

Drought during the growing season can cause the abscission layer to form early and cause the leaves to drop before they change color.

The best weather for brilliant fall foliage is a growing season with ample moisture followed by a dry, cool and sunny autumn with warm days and cool but frostless nights.

Heavy wind or rain can cause the leaves to fall before they fully develop color.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 2:42pm

I haven't seen much color either....most of my deciduous trees have been dropping gold leaves...but that's about it.  I think it's just the crazy weather we've had this year.

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 10-22-2013 - 3:17pm

There has been some color here, but nto spectacular. There is no predicting it.  I'd always heard that you need one real freeze at just teh right time adn we only got our last night, way after the leaves started to fall. I know that poeple in the UP of Michigan got some great color this year... but down here, it's only a few selected tree species (like Sugar Maples and fire bushes) that turned... If  what Erin said is ture (and I can't say one way or another), I suspect our autumn here was too wet...