Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Slow But Improving Fall Colors

The fall colors in Southern Illinois are coming on very slowly this year, but I think there will be a great weekend or two.  Right now you have to know your species and be happy with little bits of beauty.  The red maple has improved in the last week, and it should have a great week when it peaks.

This sugar maple in Wayne City is pretty, but muted.  I will keep an eye on it and see if it brightens.

Sumac bushes are still the money shot if you need to see bright colors.  They are on edges and in fence rows.  The I-64 corridor has quite a bit of this, and...

...sassafras, which always colors up for us.  It may be red, yellow, or orange.

Black gum should be showing lots of deep scarlet in the next week.  Once it changes, it hangs onto its leaves for a short time, so be on the lookout for this species every time you go out.

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