The large fall color display is over, but there are still colorful vignettes to be found that are worth a drive through the collections and natural areas.
Visitor Center and Parking (Parking Lot 1): Blue star is yellow; swamp white oaks show russet-browns; viburnums and oak-leaved hydrangeas are reddish-purple; crabapple fruits are showing red.
Elm, Linden and Corktree collections (Parking Lots 1 & 18): A few late yellow leaves on elms; American beech is coppery; witch-hazels and pawpaw are dropping yellow.
Rhododendrons, Diversity, Northern Illinois and Midwest collections (Parking Lot 2): Pawpaws and bottlebrush buckeyes are dropping yellow leaves; pin oak is reddish-brown; pecans are turning golden-brown; and witch-hazels are blooming yellow.
Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3): The view across the valley shows shades of spotty yellow and a few oranges against green of evergreens; the Japanese zelkovas are reddish-brown; and the dawn-redwoods and bald-cypresses are russet.
Crabapple Lake and Rose Family Collection (Parking Lot 4): Crabapples show red and yellow fruits; and late turning pears are showing yellows and red-browns.
Crowley Marsh and Magnolia Collection (Parking Lot 5): Magnolias and tuliptrees are showing yellow-browns; and oaks are showing reddish-browns.
Buckeye Collection (Parking Lot 6): Red oaks in the woods to the north are hanging on to reddish-brown leaves; understory green invasive shrubs are turning yellow.
Maple and Oak collections (Parking Lots 7 and 8): The Oak collections still has some very nice yellows, reds and reddish-browns.
East Woods (Parking Lots 8 to 15): A few late changing sugar maples still show yellow; understory green invasive shrubs are turning yellow; red oaks are showing reddish-brown leaves.
Beech Collection (Parking Lot 14): Beeches show green, yellows and golden-browns.
Near East Woods (Parking Lot 15): Another spot to stop and catch a few late changing sugar maples still show yellow; and red oaks showing reddish-brown leaves.
Appalachia, China and Japan collections (Parking Lots 16 to 18): This area features late yellow pawpaws & hornbeams and Oriental beeches; yellow-fruited crabs and russet dawn-redwood.
Sumac, Corktree, Linden and Elm collections (Parking Lots 1 & 18): Last of Asian maples and ginkgos; greenish smoke-trees turning yellows and reds.
Godshalk & Olive Family (Parking Lot 33): American beeches are russet-browns; magnolias are orangish-yellow; Turkish-hazel is yellow and tree lilacs losing late yellow leaves.
Ozarks (Parking Lot 19): American beeches are russet-browns; pawpaws are dropping yellow leaves; and bald-cypresses are coppery-browns.
Crabapple and Europe collections (Parking Lot 19): Europe is showing spotty yellows against the evergreen backdrop; crabapples are showing red and yellow fruits; magnolias to the west are showing brownish-yellows.
Founder’s Grove (Parking Lot 20): Witch-hazels are blooming yellow.
Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21): Yellow ginkgos and hornbeams; coppery bald cypress; reddish viburnums.
Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23): Red oaks show late reddish-browns; young white oaks still show some purples.
Pine Hill (Parking Lot 24): Mostly greens of the pines with scattered yellows in the understory.
Schulenberg Prairie and Savanna (Parking Lot 25): Grasses are still colorful; tufted seeds of goldenrods show silvery-tans.
Sterling Pond (Parking Lots 25 and 29): Understory honeysuckles and buckthorns are turning from green to yellows.
Birch Collection (Parking Lots 30 and 31): Leaves on birches are mostly gone, and the show has turned to their attractive peeling bark.
Walnuts & Hickories (Parking Lot 31): Walnuts are bare; pecans are turning yellowish-brown.
DuPage River and Godshalk Meadow (Parking Lot 32 & 33): Swamp white oaks are reddish-brown; weeping willows are just starting to turn yellow.
Sargent’s Glade, Lake Marmo (Parking Lots 26 to 28): In Sargent’s Glade, young white oaks still show some purple leaves; the large Freeman maple is starting to drop purple leaves; witch-hazels to the north are blooming yellow; larches are just starting to turn.
Dogwoods, Joy Path & Ozarks (Parking 19): Magnolias along Joy Path are yellow and golden-yellow; Ozarks show yellow pawpaw, bald cypresses are coppery-brown and bright red holly fruits are showing.
Past Fall Color Reports