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Fall Color Report: October 20-26, 2017

Red leaves over lake water
The red leaves of the Autumn Flame Red maple hover over the surface of Lake Marmo.
October 19, 2017

Sugar maples in the East Woods have turned a yellow-orange with red highlights. Many sugar maples have lost more than half their leaves. Plants showing fall color now include black cherry, coffeetree, corktree, gray and flowering dogwoods, elm, bitternut hickory, shagbark hickory, ironwood, tree lilac, honey locust, katsura, Asian maples, sugar maple, pawpaw, redbud, tupelo, black walnut, witch-hazel, and Japanese zelkova. Crabapples and white-fruited mountain-ash are showing their fruits near Crabapple Lake.

The best areas to view fall color this week are the Maple Collection (Parking Lots 7, 8, and 14); the Sumac Collection (Parking Lot 18); the Appalachian Collection (Parking Lot 16); the China Collection (Parking Lot 17); the East Woods (Parking Lots 8 through 13 and 15); the area around Lake Marmo (Parking Lots 27 and 28); and the Schulenberg Prairie (Parking Lot 25).


Nature is at times as unpredictable as it is beautiful. Images capture a moment that may have faded or may still linger. But with trees from more than 40 countries around the world, the Arboretum's grounds bring the beauty of fall to our visitors all season long.