Foliage Colors - Knowledgebase Question

Ramsey, NJ
Question by sandsprice
October 22, 1999
I was told that oak trees turn red, which trees turn yellow?, which orange?, etc.

Answer from NGA
October 22, 1999


To be honest I am not sure how to answer your question. There are almost as many foliage colors as there are trees. Some varieties of oaks turn red, some turn brown; many maples turn red or orange, but sugar maples turn yellow. Many trees will blend from one color to another during the course of the change, too. Finally, within a certain species or even within a certain variety, individual trees may color more or better than others. The American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a good example of this -- it may turn dramatically or not much at all, it may be red, yellow, orangish or very dull.

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