Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Fall Color Report: October 8

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October 8, 2021

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.

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Previous Report

Fall Color Report: October 1, 2021

Autumn color is beginning to arrive in The Morton Arboretum’s landscape, although it has been slowed and muted by dry weather. In the tree collections and the wooded areas, red, orange, and yellow are beginning to appear among the green. Asters and gentians are in bloom in the understory of the woodlands and in the Schulenberg Prairie among the golden grasses.

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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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