Fall color is “rapidly spreading through the 4,000-foot elevation range,” according to yesterday’s color report from Grandfather Mountain. “ASU Fall Color Guy,” Howard Neufeld, a professor of Biology at App State,” posted his latest report last Sunday, prior to the rainfall we received this week.
Here’s some of what Neufeld wrote in his last update:
“Because of the drought, the tulip poplars, birches, and cherries are losing their leaves prematurely. In addition, I’ve seen some sugar maples with brown leaves at the tips of their branches, which suggests drought stress to me. It is supposed to rain on Mon and Tue of this coming week, and that will supply the trees with some water before they get any more stressed out, and it will bring down the temperatures to normal for this time of the year, and that should jump start color development in the woods. However, the predicted rainfall amounts are low to moderate, so this will not get us out our current drought situation.”