Here we are in the second half of October and the normal fall color is still slow to set in.


Most of the street trees are still green, but some of the Maples have turned orange and red.


Here’s the view down our street, looking west.


The ‘Donald Wyman’ Crabapple is still full of fruit. The fruit is not quite as plentiful as it had been, thanks to the Robins who have been helping themselves.


All the fruit on the Gray Dogwoods (Cornus racemosa) was eaten as soon as it turned ripe. What is left are these red pedicels. They are fetching in their own way.


Among the herbaceous plants, the Prairie Spurge (Euphorbia corollata) is looking good with bright red stems and golden foliage. The spent flowers are also a nice touch.


The Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) is turning a nice bright yellow.


It’s kind of faded to brown, but the foliage of Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) took on a nice orange-yellow for a while.


The seedheads of River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) continue turning from green to yellow to straw-colored.


Has the autumn color peaked yet where you are?

46 Comments on “Tardy Tidbits of Fall Color”

  1. Colorwise it’s been very non-fallish here, a few maples here and there. Annuals still blooming in a diminished way (they’re tired). At least we’re having some fall rain now after our summer drought. The fall Cambodian Queen mums are still 2/3 buds, so it’s a good thing they’ll take some frost! The long view down your street sure looks vaguely like fall, it’s quite lovely.

  2. No peaking here. Our trees look about the same only they are beginning to lose their leaves. The Seaoats seeds are totally brown here. I should cut them off because you know why… but I like their little brown heads bobbing in the wind. It has been quite windy here.

  3. Our autumn colour peaked about a week ago but I still have glorious reds, russet and golden tones on many maples. This year is the best, most vibrant colour I can remember… and we’ve had day after day of sunshine and blue skies. I hate to see autumn come to an end.

  4. I am not sure we are going to have any dramatic color after the drought all summer, but, there are always a few pretties. I am going to have to check out the Euphorbia corollata in my front garden to see if it looks as pretty as yours.

  5. Well, we don’t get much fall color, and what bits we get from the poison oak starts as it dries out late in summer, and goes bare by now. Some poison oak in damp areas is coloring nicely. Otherwise, or color is just starting. Sweetugums are sort of pale green. Because the air has been so dry and got warm so late, some of the deciduous trees are defoliating without any color. Sweetugum is good about holding onto the foliage.
    Are the maples on the street sugar maples?

      • Hey, those are the three more common, although still uncommon, maples here. Norway maple is not the naturalized weed that it is there, and the cultivar ‘Schwedlerii’ was a popular street tree in San Jose in the 1950s. Silver maple grows as far south as Los Angeles, but, as you know, is not the greatest maple. (It happens to be my second favorite, after the native bigleaf maple.) Red maple is the only maple that I still recommend as a street tree. It does not get big enough to develop many problems here, but gets tall enough to grow above truck traffic. Bigleaf maple grows in the forests, but is almost never planted in landscapes. Box elder seems to grow wild all over North America, but likewise, is mostly confined to the wild.

      • Freeman maple is what is considered to be a straight red maple here. I really like them, but the lack of concern for improper nomenclature annoys me. They actually color better here than the red maple. I think box elder is common everywhere.

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