Maple Leaf Color - Knowledgebase Question

Chico, CA
Question by jgallagher7
November 13, 1997
I've heard that red leaves are the result of sugar content; if your maple produces only brown leaves in the fall, would it be silly to water in late summer with sugared water?


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Answer from NGA
November 13, 1997

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What a novel idea! Unfortunately, it won t work. Some maple cultivars have gorgeous leaf color in the fall and others don t. It s genetic. For instance, Trident maples color beautifully but Big-Leaf maples only turn yellow, then brown.

The intensity of color is controlled by environmental conditions - day length, temperature and drought. If you want lovely fall color, try planting Paperbark, Japanese, or Red Maple in your yard.

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