Enjoy the beauty and science behind fall color


Last updated 10/6/2021 at 8am

A Korean maple's leaves turning color as sugar gets trapped in the leaves. Sunny days followed by cool nights without a hard frost mean more sugar and better red, orange, and purple fall color. Sufficient soil moisture helps keep the leaf color bright for a longer period of time. - submitted photo

The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year.  And the science behind it is just as intriguing. 

Each fall as the days shorten our deciduous trees and shrubs begin this transformation.  The plants produce less of the chlorophyll that gives leaves their normal green color.  The existing chlorophyll starts breaking down, revealing the underlyi...

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