Somehow, it’s almost the end of October. Yesterday Judy and I decided to walk through the neighborhood to inspect the state of fall foliage. Color continues to settle in, though tardily and somewhat unevenly.
This Maple turned in the last few days, even as its neighbor of the same genus stays green. We have lots of Maples in the neighborhood, maybe too many. For the most part, I am pretty hopeless at distinguishing the species.
Our town once had many stately old American Elms. Here we are looking up at one of the few survivors.
Along a towhnhouse development there are several ‘Autumn Blaze’ Maples (Acer x freemanii). They haven’t reached peak color yet, but they look pretty good.
One of those Maples had an alarming-looking scar, which might explain some of the bare branches up top. We were wondering how this wound might have been inflicted.
We were also baffled by this tree, with its mostly opposite, mostly heart-shaped leaves.
Here’s the view looking south down a street that runs perpendicular to our own. Actually, that’s our house at the far end.
Another NOID Maple.
The unevenness of fall color was put on display by the Ginkgo (Gingko biloba) trees on a street south of us. Some, like the one above, are a gleaming yellow. Others standing nearby are still completely green.
The falling leaves made a colorful carpet underfoot.
I really hate Sweetgum trees (Liqudambar styraciflua), but they do have nice fall color. But those damn spiky gumballs are a menace, especially to those who walk in the garden barefoot. My parents had one near their house.
Back at the home place, the ‘Autumn Brilliance’ Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) are turning red, orange, and yellow.
And the Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) has turned a decent yellow.
The red at the tips of the ‘Sheandoah’ Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) looks like growing swords.
Sorry, I had to include another picture of the River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium).
And with all the leaves gone, the crabapples on ‘Donald Wyman’ make quite an impact!