The beautiful colors of fall foliage can be spotted anywhere you can find deciduous shrubs and trees. Fall foliage colors are abundant throughout the woodlands to the mountains, and from small towns or large cities all the way to rural countrysides. After all the hot days of summer we can finally enjoy some cool days and nights along with the beautiful fall colors. It is amazing to watch the transformation of leaves from their summer green to the alluring colors of the oranges, yellows, and reds. We now know that fall is upon us and winter will follow soon.
The leaves on the Redbuds, Birches, Tulip Poplars and the Hickory always seem to turn yellow and not red. The leaves of the Sugar Maple, Dogwood, Sweet Gum, Sourwood, and Black Gum will generally turn red and sometimes yellow in the fall. The Maple tree, for instance, comes in several different varieties and each one of those will have their own distinctive color in the fall. The Hedge Maple turns yellow or gold while the Japanese Maple may be turning yellow, a bright orange, red, or maybe a purple. A Crimson King Maple will display gorgeous reddish-orange colors as its name suggests. The common Sugar Maple will show the colors of orange and yellow during the fall.
The birch tree also shows off its lovely leaves. Most of the birch varieties including the European Hornbeam, European White Birch, and the Paperback Birch produce some beautiful yellow leaves during the fall. A Kousa Dogwood will show us leaves that can range from a purple-red color to a scarlet color. The American Beech and the European Beech have leaves in yellow, bronze, or a brownish color. What so many people seem to enjoy are the deep reds which the Black Gum and Sour Gum trees produce.
In many mountain regions, Aspen trees seem to splash colors of yellow or gold throughout the slopes. Many photographers and painters can not resist these bright yellows among the deep greens of the evergreen trees. The Oak tree has a vast range of color in fall. The Eastern Oak, Pin Oak, English Oak, Red Oak, and the Scarlet Oak will show a range of colors from red to a scarlet and from brown to a bronze. The Red Oak may sometimes display yellow leaves.
All the fall foliage pictures that display these bright colors are a byproduct of the chemical changes the deciduous trees and shrubs go through as they get ready for their dormant state. These changes in the length of the daylight hours provoke a chemical change in the trees leading to these bright beautiful colors that actually begins with the longest day in the month of June. This is when the days begin to get shorter because the sun is beginning to slowly move south.
In order to enjoy all the fall foliage colors that our deciduous trees produce for us we sometimes need to be in an area where trees and shrubs go dormant. This wonderful country of ours is covered with many forests and scenic byways that house these trees that will give us so many brilliant colors in the fall. A scenic rail trip will give us a relaxing ride through many countrysides and mountainous areas that are displaying these colors in the fall. Another good idea is to take a road trip to a near-by forest, stop and take pictures of the colors and then take a stroll through the forest to enjoy it all.