But did you ever wonder why some autumn trees are more brilliant and others seem not quite as stunning? Everyone always has an answer; the wet and freezing winter before, a hot spring, the summer that was too hot or too rainy.
So, we looked to the arborists at Davey Tree to help us understand why leaves change color in the fall and what factors play a role in this process.
RJ Laverne, a seasoned Davey arborist, explains, "Look at trees as really, really big plants and their leaves as food factories."
Yet as light wanes in the fall, chlorophyll production decreases and trees begin to shut down for winter. The green hues lessen and different pigments become visible such as yellows, oranges, and browns. Red, pink and purple pigments, however, must be manufactured in leaves during the fall. These colors are the most variable from year to year because their formation is dependent on favorable environmental conditions.
The beautiful hues of autumn leaves appear to be nothing short of a work of art, yet many factors play a role in the changing color: cooler temperatures, changes in rainfall and mostly the shortening of daylight hours. Here's what to expect in your area:
* A late spring or severe summer drought can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks.
* A warm period during fall will lower the intensity of autumn colors.
* A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather and warm sunny fall days with cool nights produces the most striking autumn colors.
Davey Tree can help you determine the best steps to take so that your trees are healthy and continue to thrive. If you're noticing a change in the leaves earlier than normal, it might be best to get a consultation.
We hope to see a magnificent showcase of fall colors here in the northeast this year, and we'd love to hear your comments on what you're seeing in your area.
~PeggyGarden Media Group