When I worked at a children’s camp, we would close down around the third week of August. And, when you looked across the lake, you could always pick out a half dozen trees that had started to turn color. Most of the color changes in New England begin during the second half of September and peaks during October. However, I’ve received over 20 emails making an observation that trees are already starting to change color, and it’s only July. In fact, some of the reporters are from Virginia and Kentucky.
I’m not sure that early foliage is an indicator of a bad winter; it may be the result of the trees being stressed by unusual amounts of heat and humidity. We’ll talk more about fall foliage in the weeks ahead. Are you seeing the colors change on your trees, and if so, where do you live and what is your theory on the reasons for it? Let us know below.