Appalachian State University has a Leaf Color Report for 9/9/14
Not much has changed from last week. Most trees are still predominantly green. Buckeyes are starting to lose their leaves, but then, they always lose their leaves earlier than most other trees (it’s in their DNA to do so!). Burning bushes continue to redden ahead of schedule, sort of botanical slow burn. Should be great when they reach their peak red color in a few weeks! The main items of interest right now in the woods are the various native wildflowers that are reaching their peak now. These include a variety of asters, such as New York aster, as well as a large number of species of goldenrods. Joe-Pye weeds are conspicuous on the landscape, along with ironweed, with its very deep purple flowers. White snakeroots are dominating right now, especially along wood’s edges and in the interior of forests. Their white flowers stand out against their large, deep green leaves. This plant produces a toxin and if cows consume the plants, it can make their milk poisonous. In fact, it is thought that Abraham Lincoln’s mother died from ingesting milk poisoned in this way. See my Facebook page for an album of pictures of these wildflowers.