Tuesday, October 7, 2014

VDOF's Weekly Fall Foliage Report

The forest color palette is changing quickly this week, especially in the mountains.  At higher elevations in southwest Virginia, red and yellow patches are becoming evident as maples, hickories, and yellow-poplars begin to turn.  Some areas are showing more than 25% change already.  In the Shenandoah Valley, the color line is slowly descending down the mountains, but still concentrated above 1500 feet in elevation.  In central and eastern Virginia, color change is evident in many roadside and yard trees, but green is still the dominant hue.  

In general, trees with greater exposure in any location are among the earliest changers and may even lose their leaves early if the weather is rainy or windy.  But don’t worry, the show is just getting started, and there are still billions of leaves left to change!

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