Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Fall Color Report: November 5

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November 5, 2021

Fall Color Report: November 5, 2021

Fall color is at its peak at the Arboretum, thanks to the cool nights, earlier rains, and the recent sunny weather.

On the East Side, the best color viewing can be found near the Big Rock Visitor Station. You can experience the deep reds, oranges, and yellows in the Maple Collection with nearby lindens, ironwoods, bitternut hickories, and elms showing their yearly autumnal palette.

On the West Side, linden and ironwood trees are showing deep yellows with neighboring maples near Lake Marmo turning deeper golds and even starting to drop their leaves. The Freeman maple on the north shore of Lake Marmo is a very nice purple color, as is the one on the banks of the DuPage River near the Willow Collection. The Schulenberg Prairie is in its fall glory with grasses turning color and setting seed, and with some highlights of blue and purple provided by asters and gentians still showing.

This week is the best time to visit the Arboretum before winter arrives. Reserve your timed-entry admission to enjoy the richest autumn colors.

Read the full report here.

About the Fall Color Report

The Fall Color Report is written by the Arboretum’s Manager of Plant Records, Ed Hedborn. It is typically published on Fridays through Autumn to give members and guests a chance to plan their weekend visits. The Arboretum also publishes a weekly Bloom Report in springtime.

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