Most of the area is still very green, but the trees are slowly getting ready for the colorful fall show. A colorful fall depends on the right weather, cool mornings and warm afternoons. We have had an abundance of perfect weather and the forecast looks very good over the next couple weeks to keep turning the colors more vibrant. The expected fall foliage peaks are above. The latest fall foliage update from Arkansas.com is below.
September 29, 2011
Northwest/North Central — Signs of color are showing in early-changing understory foliage such as the dogwood, sweetgum, blackgum, and sumac. See a longer list of early-changing Arkansas foliage below, along with the colors to expect. Predicted peak of color: Late October/Early November
Central Arkansas/Ouachita Mountains – Early signs of fall color are just beginning to show. Predicted peak of color: Early November
Southern/Eastern Arkansas — Little change is visible this week. Predicted peak of color: Early to Mid November
Comments: Northwest and north central Arkansas foliage has just started to change, but the peak is not likely to occur in this region until the end of October. Sunny days with highs around 65-70 and cool nights with lows below 45 are ideal conditions for fall color development. Our weekly reports will include adjusted predictions of when foliage will peak in each region, along with suggested areas and highway routes.
Foliage that changes early in Arkansas: The following plants react strongly to fewer hours of sunlight as autumn days grow shorter, and begin changing early. Changes occur around this time every year, as they are probably influenced less by weather conditions: blackgum (red), sassafras (red, orange, or yellow), sweetgum (red, yellow, or purple), red maple (red, yellow, or orange), dogwood (brownish red), poison ivy and poison oak (red), Virginia Creeper (red), sumac (red), buckeye (yellowish brown), walnut (yellow) and American Wild Plum (yellow).
Next report: October 6, 2011
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