Fall color is beginning to develop
October 14, 2016
Fall color is beginning to develop across the grounds of The Morton Arboretum, although most trees remain green. Yellow is appearing high in the sugar maples where they are exposed to the sun, and more orange, yellow and red can be seen all over the grounds.
For the latest fall color updates from the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.
Visitor Center Parking (Parking Lot 1): Jeffersred Freeman maples are red at the south end of the medians. Yellow leaves are showing on hackberry and Peking lilacs. Bald-cypress trees are turning yellowish-green. Sumacs show red and oakleaf hydrangeas are showing dark red. Sugar maples are turning orange and hornbeam is turning dark red.
Elm, Linden and Cork-tree Collections (Parking Lot 1 to 2): More yellow has appeared on on cork-trees, and a little yellow can be seen on lindens. American elms are turning yellow, while yellow buckeye has a yellow tint beginning to show.
Northern Illinois and Midwest Collections (Parking Lot 2): Ohio buckeyes are dropping reddish-brown leaves. Coffee-trees, redbuds, bur oak, shagbark hickory, and hackberry leaves are turning yellow. Flowering dogwoods show pale reddish-purple in their leaves and bright red fruits. Red maple trees are showing some pale-reddish color, while sugar and black maples are showing orange.
Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3): Hackberries and redbuds are turning yellow. Buckeyes are dropping their leaves. Tall, slender, sugar maples are beginning to show orange in their tops. The view from the hill overlooking the Northern Illinois Collection and the DuPage River valley is turning yellow-green, with sumacs turning red. Magnolia and beech trees to the west are yellow. Pines on the top of the hill have some yellow needles, which is normal at this time of year.
Crabapple Lake and Rose Family Collection (Parking Lot 4): Fruits on mountain-ash are reddish, with leaves turning yellow. Crabapple fruits are starting to mature and turn red, orange or yellow. Black walnut leaves are turning yellow and dropping, as are some of the large green nuts.
Crowley Marsh and Magnolia Collection (Parking Lot 5): Walnuts are turning yellow and losing their leaves. Bur oaks and redbuds are turning yellow. Gray dogwood is turning purple. The black willow in the marsh is turning yellow.
Buckeye Collection (Parking Lot 6): Buckeyes are mostly bare. Cork-trees, walnuts, elms, and lindens have a few yellow leaves. Redbuds along the woodland edges are turning yellow, as are witch-hazels near Spikerush Marsh.
Maple and Oak Collections (Parking Lots 7 and 8): Park and walk through the Maple Collection to see the first blush of fall color on maples from around the world. Armstrong Freeman maples are showing reds. Yellow leaves have appeared on some of the oaks, though most of them remain green. Over the next week, deeper fall color is likely to develop
East Woods (Parking Lots 8 to 15): Walnuts are dropping yellow leaves, and elms, redbuds, lindens, and ironwood are showing yellow leaves among the green. High overhead in the tree canopy, sugar maples are showing orange on their tops and some orange on the sides where their leaves are exposed to the sun.
Big Rock Visitor station (Parking Lot 13): Woodland sugar maples are showing orange at their tops and sides where leaves are exposed to the sun. Walnuts and ironwood along the trails are turning yellow.
Maple and Beech Collections (Parking Lot 14): Park and walk through the Maple and Beech Collections to see fall color develop on maples from around the world. A lone sugar maple at P14 is turning orange on its top and sunny south side.
East Woods (Parking Lot 15): Sugar maples are just starting to show yellows and some orange where the sun hits their tops.
Appalachia, China and Japan Collections (Parking Lots 16 to 18): Flowering dogwoods’ leaves are turning reddish-purple, and they also have bright red fruits. Sugar maples are showing orange and yellow where their tops and sides are exposed to the sun. Pawpaws are starting to turn yellow in the sun. Miyabe maples are yellow-green. Some yellow is showing on the elms in the China Collection. Asian maples to the south of the road are beginning to show pale yellow, with some hints of red.
Sumac Collection (Parking Lot 18): Various shades of red can be seen on sumacs from North America and China.
West Side Main Route:
River Bridge: Peking lilacs, wild hydrangea, and American beech are turning yellow-green; a sugar maple is turning orange.
Crabapple and Europe Collections and retention basin (Parking Lot 19): Swamp and silky dogwoods are turning purple. Off to the west, the top of the Miyabe maple near Joy Path is turning yellow. Crabapples are turning yellow and dropping their fruits.
Founder’s Grove (Parking Lot 20): Redbuds, coffee-trees, ironwood, and witch-hazels are turning yellow-green. Virginia creeper vines are turning red as they climb up tree trunks.
Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21): Marmo and Jeffersred Freeman maples are showing hints of red on their leaves. Redbuds, catalpa, coffee-trees, elms, and sycamores are turning yellow. Virginia creeper vines, some of the viburnums, and sumacs are turning red.
Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23): A few walnuts, elms and ironwoods are turning yellow.
Pine Hill (Parking Lot 24): Walnuts and redbuds are showing yellow leaves.
Schulenberg Prairie (Parking Lot 25): Grasses are turning gold, red, and purple. Walnut leaves are turning yellow and dropping. Elm, hickory, and black cherry leaves are turning yellow. Sumacs are turning red.
Sterling Pond (Parking Lots 25 and 29): Sugar maples are showing orange tops and sunny sides. Hackberries, ironwoods, and bur oaks have some yellow leaves.
Birch Collection (Parking Lots 30 and 31): Birches and hornbeams show yellow leaves. Falling leaves show off the attractive bark of the birch trees.
Nut Tree Collection (Parking Lot 31): Walnut leaves are turning yellow-green and dropping. Pecan trees are beginning to turn yellow.
DuPage River and Willow Island (Parking Lot 32): Sugar maples at the river bridge are turning orange on their tops. Maples along the south fence are yellow-green. Freeman maples across the river are turning reddish-purple. Bur oaks and redbuds are turning yellow.
Godshalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33): Miyabe maples are turning yellow-green.
West Side Alternate Route
Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26): Bur oaks and walnuts are dropping yellowing leaves. Coffee-trees and redbuds are turning yellow.
Lake Marmo and Sterling Pond (Parking Lots 27 and 28): Catalpas, hackberries, redbuds, bur oaks, ironwoods, and coffee-trees are turning yellow-green. A large Freeman maple on the north side of Lake Marmo is showing purple. Sugar maples are turning orange on their exposed tops and sunny sides.
Lower Joy Path and Lake Road: A large Miyabe maple along Joy Path continues turning yellow. Walnuts, persimmons, and tulip-trees are turning yellow. Blackgum trees are showing hints of red.