The sassafras trees were one of the first trees to begin changing for the fall. Their leaves are very interesting, not only for the fall color but for the shapes of the leaf lobes. With sassafras trees the lobes can be one two or three lobed with colors ranged form yellows to reds. It's all over our slope and many folks may not want it in their gardens but it does provide some very nice fall colors!
Also appearing on our slope are the blackberries. I make a special point to leave as many blackberry bushes along the slope pathways as I can. Hopefully next year we'll have quite a few to pick. The edges of the blackberry leaves seem almost a metallic bronze color.
When we start to look at more trees we can see a very old and large tree. It put on a massive display of golden colored leaves this year, better than I've ever seen it before.
The dogwood trees changed color just after the sassafras but have kept their color much longer. These are natural dogwoods that have been here awhile and were not planted by any person. The lie along a fence row. I heard a person say in my Master Gardener class once "If you want to plant a tree line put up a fence!" Around here the mockingbirds do much of the planting. Honestly I could do without their help! They seem to like planting too much pokeweed.
And here's a closing shot of more of the golden maples in our backyard. They are most likely silver maples and junk trees but during the fall the are pure gold.
Labels: Fall color, Fall Color Project 2009, fall gardening, foliage