Leaves turning color in Vermont, but peak could be delayed

Changing leaves begin to add more color to the Vermont landscape as early fall foliage season continues to progress.

The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation prepared its second installment of seven of the Fall Foliage Report, distributed by Vermont Tourism.

Vermont foresters report bright reds, oranges and yellow are present in cool and wet areas, particularly in the north. Much of the state is just beginning to gets pops of color and has a long way to go before reaching peak color.

“Northern areas of the state continue to have the most vibrant color at this time due to these trees being exposed to cooler temperatures first. In particular, those areas with an abundance of red maples are providing great views of crimson in the Northeast Kingdom,” the report read. “Sugar maple foliage is progressing as well, with foliage ranging from yellow to orange to auburn, and birch species are well on their way to displaying their yellow hues across the higher elevations.”

Ash leaves turn a dark red/purple in Williston on Sep. 21, 2023 early in the fall foliage season.

Some trees are feeling the effects of a particularly rainy summer season by shedding their leaves early. Leaf drop is an important part of nutrient cycling which helps ensure the health of Vermont trees and forests, according to Vermont foresters. They say colorful leaves on the ground complement the experience and that much of the state is still shaping up for a brilliant display this season.

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