Brisk fall weather is here and brighter colors are starting to show! Recent cool night temperatures have brought color to sumac, Virginia creeper, and poison-ivy growing in sunny areas of the grounds. Redbud, coffeetree, hackberry, and Freeman maples in the visitor center parking lot are coloring nicely.
As the summer draws to a close, this year’s fall tree color season will depend on weather patterns during the rest of September, October, and early November. Shorter day length is the primary trigger for plants as they get ready for winter. Local rainfall, temperature, and the amount of sunlight available will determine the brightness and longevity of the trees’ colors.