Although green is still the main color of our landscape this week, that color is quickly fading to yellow. As shorter days trigger a slowdown in chlorophyll production, yellow pigments begin to be visible in the leaves. The color change is inevitable, but its intensity varies with weather conditions. This summer’s drought will probably cause a shorter and duller viewing season.
In parts of southwest Virginia and the Alleghenies, up to 25 percent of the trees have changed color, mostly to yellow and gold, but some maples are beginning to blush. Cooler nights to come will enhance the development of red pigments, especially in red and sugar maples, black gum, dogwood and sumac. Green is still predominant in the Blue Ridge, but there are isolated patches of more varied color.fall color.
Watch our reports on Leaf Peeping and make plans to stay with the Collins House Inn Bed & Breakfast in Marion Virginia .Our registered guest will receive a packet of 6 Leaf Peeping self guided touring maps to use while you come to the Gateway to SW Virginia MARION VA.
Call the Inns Leaf Peeping hotline (276) 781-0250