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Fall Color Report: October 15

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October 15, 2021

Fall Color Report: October 15, 2021

The rolling landscape of The Morton Arboretum is increasingly colorful this week. Against a background of green, maples are beginning to turn red and orange, and yellow can be seen in elms, catalpas, and many other trees. A long season of drought has made the trees slow to develop their leaf color this year, but they are beginning to weave their full autumn tapestry.

While the maples are showing the deepest colors this week, buckeyes, pawpaws, redbuds, and other Midwest natives are also turning yellow, especially where the sun hits. The Schulenberg Prairie is also in its full Fall glory, with grasses changing color and setting seed, with dotted highlights of blue and purple provided by asters and gentians. Experience the full palette of Fall at The Morton Arboretum by visiting regularly throughout the season.

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Previous Report

Fall Color Report: October 8, 2021

Autumn color is beginning to arrive all over The Morton Arboretum as trees, shrubs, and other plants prepare for winter. Although most trees are still shades of green, look for yellow on elms, walnuts, catalpas, and other trees; deep red leaves on dogwoods; and flame red on scattered sumacs.

A few sugar maples are beginning to turn yellow and even pale orange in sunny spots. Acorns are dropping and the squirrels and blue jays are busy collecting them for the winter. Your favorite Arboretum gardens, collections, and natural areas change daily, so visit often through the fall.

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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