Now that you’ve survived the last hot day of the year, you’re looking forward to the next big thing. You can unpack your sweaters and grab your first pumpkin spice latte whenever you please. But, when will the leaves change?
That is the must-see moment of the fall. It is mesmerizing to watch the swathes of green trees fade away–replaced by dazzling amber, maroon, gold and bronze hues. You’ve got to soak up the leaves’ beauty while they’re here because they don’t last long.
Learn what month your tree leaves will likely change color and fall this autumn. Or figure out why your tree still has leaves when others don’t.
Across the country, October is the month for leaf color and drop! More exact dates are below.
Of course, if there’s unusual weather in your area, like an especially dry season or early fall, trees may lose leaves sooner or later. Because weather has such a large impact, these dates may vary. The best combination for stellar leaf color? Dry, warm days followed by cool nights without frost and little wind to blow the leaves off the tree.
Some tree species, particularly oaks and beeches, keep their leaves much longer than other trees. In fact, these leaves will dry out, but cling to the tree until a storm or wind blows them off.
If only a few of your trees’ branches still have their leaves, that could mean there’s a problem. It’s best to play it safe. Have a certified arborist come out and inspect your tree during a free consultation.