Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Foliage Report – Oct. 7, 2011

Fall is the time for bright leaves, but colorful berries also add to the show. These are best viewed up close, on foot, rather than from a car. Dogwoods, hollies, and sumacs have brilliant red berries.  Wild grapes turn black to bluish-black.  Persimmon fruits ripen to a dull orange, while pawpaws turn the dull, bruised yellow of a ripe banana.  Acorns, walnuts, hickory and beechnuts are also present in fall. Color changes continue throughout the state. In southwest Virginia, very little color change at this time. Color change can be seen in tree species such as poplars, sweet gum, dogwood and maple. At this time, peak colors are expected in the mountains during mid to late October; the Piedmont and Coastal Plain are expected to peak during late October and early November. To learn about scenic driving tours or how you can help the Virginia Department of Forestry collect acorns to grow in its nurseries, visit our website at

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