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Fall Color Report: The Fall Colors are Good This Week, But Next Week a ‘Not to Miss’ for Leaf Lovers

The upper parking lot of the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum. Photo by landis Taylor

By Mark S. Kenna

Oct. 11, 2013. The fall colors this week are doing well at about 40 percent colored around Boone and 60 percent colored at higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain and north up N.C. 105, Howard Neufeld wrote on his “Fall Color Report,” on the ASU Biology website Monday.

The clear weather aided fall colors as the shift from September to October brings peak days to Boone this week or next, said Jesse Pope, director of education and natural resources at Grandfather Mountain. 

A generic map of fall color peak times in the High Country. These dates can vary year to year. Map compiled by Howard Neufeld and Mike Denslow ASU graduate student.

However, on Grandfather Mountain fall colors are already coming in, with the expectation of peak fall colors by this week and next Friday.

“The colors are really starting to pop and we have lots of reds and oranges in the mix,” Pope said. “This is the most reds I’ve seen in the mix in the last few years for sure.”

The interesting thing about this year is the synchronization of different tree species’ leaves changing colors; for its all coming in at once instead of splotches of color, Pope added.

“Rather than a trickle of color, the maples, sassafras, ashe, beech, birch and a number of other tree species are all starting to turn at the same rate,” Pope said. 

Boone is strating to see some vibrat fall colors. 

In Boone domestic maples are looking “spectacular” this week, Neufeld said.

Be sure to take a look at the ASU Color Guy’s Facebook page for other updates

You can follow Neufeld on his fall leaf Facebook page: Fall Color Guy

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