Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Fall Color Report: October 22

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October 22, 2021

Fall Color Report: October 22, 2021

Fall color is deepening at The Morton Arboretum this week, as sugar maples in the woods take on the yellow and orange of autumn. A good place to enjoy them is the area of the Big Rock Visitor Station on the Arboretum’s East Side.

Elsewhere, you’ll find gold and yellow among elms, catalpas, buckeyes, pawpaws, redbuds, and many other trees, including Midwest natives. Trees have been slow to develop leaf color this year because of the stress of a dry season, but cooler nights are beginning to bring out their brighter hues.

From the top of Frost Hill and other vistas at the Arboretum, views include yellow, gold, orange, and red as well as persistent green. The timing of the trees’ color changes depends on their species and their location, so the combination of hues is different every day. Visit often to enjoy the full autumn tapestry.

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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