Fall colors: We’re in for a great show this year

Fall foliage is expected to peak the last week in October

Fall foliage
Courtesy: ODNR


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A few trees are beginning turn color coming off of the cool weekend. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says those cool nights play a big role in the array of colors in fall foliage.

Fall color is caused by the shortening of days – decreased amounts of sunlight trigger a chemical change in the leaves. And the cool seasonable nights help with the brightness of the leaf.

The Valley experienced a hot, dry summer which can cause trees to show their color sooner, but tree expert Dan Yoho said we are in for a great show this year.

“You can see there are a variety of trees that have started to turn now. There are some that have already turned, which would indicate they are struggling for some reason,” Yoho said.

Fall foliage is expected to peak the last week in October. The array of color will all depend on the species of the tree.

“Your maples – some are going to be yellow. Your oaks are going to be more reddish in color and tulips will be yellow. It’s just primarily the makeup of the species themselves,” Yoho said.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is tracking the fall foliage and the best times for viewing. Right now, The Cleveland and Youngstown areas are reported as beginning to change. Central Ohio is near peak for changing leaves.

OHIO TREES AND COLOR THEY PRODUCE:

RED COLORS
Red oak
White oak
Pin oak
Shingle oak
Black cherry
Dogwood
Sumac

MIXED COLORS
Buckeye
Red maple
Sweetgum
Sassafras
Sugar maple

YELLOW COLORS
Ash
Beech
Birch
Hickory
Black locust
Tulip poplar
Black walnut
Cottonwood
Sycamore
Basswood

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