Fall color is starting to become more apparent this week. Recent sunny days and cool nights are helping our fall colors to develop. Local weather patterns will determine how bright the colors will be and how long they will last into the season.
Katsura, honey locust, hackberry, redbud, American elm, and Kentucky coffeetree are showing various shades of yellow-green leaves. Flowering and gray dogwood are turning purple-red. Sumac, poison-ivy, and Virginia creepers in full sun are turning red. Ohio buckeyes are mostly bare. The Maple Collection is just starting to show color in the Freeman maples with the Oak Collection dropping acorns on select trees. Trees in our parking lot medians are showing the earliest color change because of the more stressful site conditions.
White snakeroot and fall asters are finishing their bloom season and setting seed. Woodland maples, ironwood, and hackberries are beginning to turn a paler green in the sun with sugar maple tops beginning to show orange. Sumacs at the Big Rock Visitor Station are turning red. With late fall asters blooming, and tall grasses beginning to color, the prairie is a good place to visit.
Colors will change almost daily, so get out and enjoy them as often as possible.