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Shenandoah River State Park - September 19, 2017
From the Virginia Department of Forestry
Report for the weekend of September 23.
Fall officially arrived this week, but most of Virginia’s forests will still be green for a while. The highest mountain forests have begun to show blushes of color, and some localities in the far southwest have as much as 25% color change already. Elsewhere, look for the early harbingers of fall, such as black gum and yellow-poplar, which begin to show a red or yellow leaf here and there. Trees that have been stressed by summer drought may also change their colors early.
The longer, cooler nights of autumn trigger the changes in our deciduous trees. The brightest fall colors come after ample summer rainfall, followed by a fairly dry September with cool nights and sunny days. For a simple explanation of why leaves change color, check the education section of the Va. Dept. of Forestry web site at www.dof.virginia.gov, for a publication called Virginia in the Fall.
While waiting for the trees to change, take this opportunity to enjoy the abundance of fall wildflowers blooming now: yellow goldenrod, tickseed sunflower, and wingstem; bluish-purple mistflower; and fluffy white thoroughwort are all putting on a glorious show.
George Washington National Forest, Stokesville. Photo Red Wolf Mountain Biking Tours. September 19, 2017
Last Updated: 9/20/2017