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Leaf Critters | Fall News

The Dogwood Tree is the Next Tree to Have its Fall-time Leaves Turn Color

Leaf Critters sends out news about different fall trees turning color
This year the Dogwood leaves in this yard are turning a brilliant yellow and red
with a just a splash of orange!

It is late, very late, September in the Piedmont of North Carolina where this wonderful display of color was discovered. With even an overcast and rainy day, these colors cannot be diminished.

Keep an eye out for this type of understory (i.e. not really large) tree.

Leaf Critters shows the full Dogwood tree in order to help people find this tree.
Here is a mature Dogwood tree (scaled to a house).

Fall is in the Air

So if you love trees at all, you have noticed that one of our favorite trees, the Japanese Cherry, has already shed its leaves. Why? Why are these beautiful trees bald already when other trees, like maples and oaks haven’t even turned color? Well, the first in, first out rule applies here. Cherry trees are among the first to blossom (as early as late winter) and leaf-out. And they are also among the first to shed their leaves.

Right now the Okame are still carrying their leaves, although the lovely Yoshinos have closed shop for the year (i.e. shed their leaves) as pictured below.

The bare Yoshino is pictured at the top, followed by the leafed Okame.

Keep on the lookout for the next trees to turn color in your area. — We will report on the next to turn in NC!

Happy leaf-watching!

Stay Green — Your friends at Leaf Critters.

Oklahoma’s Arbor Day

Leaf Critters, Buddy

          Buddy Redbud

As you now know, each state has its own Arbor Day. And Oklahoma is next in line! Oklahoma uses an entire week to celebrate its arbor day. The celebration goes on during the last full week of March each year.

I’m Buddy Redbud and I’m here to tell you about Oklahoma’s state tree – which is my home tree, the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis). Its leaves are heart-shaped, and can unfurl with either red or green-color depending on the variety of the tree. The trees the blossoms burst all over the branches and are a pink-lavender color (as seen below).

Be sure to look for my home tree while you are out and about this spring! (It appears in hardiness zones 4-9 — Click here to see the map.)

Happy Arbor Day week, Oklahoma!

Red-leafed Redbud

Green-leafed Redbud

National Arbor Day, Trees, & Leaf Critters

Oakster arms out 300x300pngThe official National Arbor Day for this year was April 29, 2016. That was on a Friday! Do you know that we have a US national tree?

Q:  Do you know what the national tree is?

A: The oak. (That’s me!)

So many of the trees in your area are changing color with their leaves. See if you can take a picture of some changing leaves and post them here – then we’ll try to figure out what tree type they’re growing on.


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