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From the Virginia Department of Forestry
Report for the weekend of October 13.
Although green is still the dominant color of our landscape this week, that green is finally washing into a faded yellow. As shorter days trigger a slowdown in chlorophyll production, yellow pigments present all year begin to be visible in the leaves.
In parts of southwest Virginia, as much as 25-30% of the trees have changed color, but red colors are still lacking in most spots, owing mostly to the continued warm days. In the Alleghenies, and in isolated spots elsewhere, some maples, black gum, and sumac are providing a few pops of red to liven up the faded yellow-green. Green is still predominant in the Blue Ridge, but wildflowers are still worth a drive for viewing.
Please be careful with fire. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov
Fading to yellow along Rt. 52 North, Big Walker Mountain, Wythe County, October 9, 2018. Photo: Barbara Umberger
Shenandoah National Park
October 12, 2018 Fall Color Report
A few flashes of color out there; the maple at Meadow Spring Parking seems to be the star of the show! Temperatures plummeted last night and are forecast to stay cool, so we are hoping this will inspire Mother Nature to debut her 2018 awesomeness. Stay tuned!
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Meadow Spring Parking, mile 33.5, Shenandoah National Park, October 7, 2018. Photo: NPS
Last Updated: 10/16/2018