- There are pockets of some color in silver maple and walnut, but it’s still early.
- Sumac, poison ivy and Virginia creeper are beginning to change for the fall. Native asters like New England Aster, Skyblue Aster and Heath Aster are in full bloom as well as the golden rods, all of which are incredibly important for our native pollinators.
- Yellows are starting to show up on some trees in Champaign County area. We also see some brighter red and orange color flagging. Fall color is expected to really start to liven up after a few days of cool evening temperatures if the days stay sunny. If the days are cloudy, fall colors will be more muted. The Dogwood tree is showing more dried-up leaves than it shows in color change from last week.
- This week in the Coles County area we are beginning to see light shades of yellow coming from black walnut, cottonwood and the occasional green ash that remain. There are some very early signs of reddish orange in a few fence rows from sassafras that are likely stressed and scattered deep reds on some poison ivy and Virginia creeper vines.
(Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Greene, Hancock, Jersey, Macoupin, Pike and Scott counties)
- Small patches of Sumac and isolated, individual Sassafras, Dogwood and Virginia Creeper vines are starting to redden.
- Just a hint of fall color can be seen on early leaf-shedding tree species (Walnut: yellow; Buckeye: yellow/orange) and sun-drenched, bottomland tree species (Cottonwood, Silver Maple, Boxelder, Hackberry, etc.: yellow; Sycamore: orange).
- Generally speaking, 80-85% of foliage is still green.