The Dogwood Tree is the Next Tree to Have its Fall-time Leaves Turn Color
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.
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!
Stay Green — Your friends at Leaf Critters.
Oklahoma’s Arbor Day
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).
The 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 nationaltree 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.