Mid-Missouri Leaves Have Peaked
COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri leaves are right at the peak of fall color. Catch them while you can because the color will not last long. After weeks of drought-like conditions, many of the leaves dropped before they had the chance to turn colors.
Department of Conservation Urban Forester, Ann Koenig, said in the fall green pigments in leaves start to deteriorate because they do not see enough sun. That is when the yellow colors start to show. Red and purple colors in leaves are produced when sugars build up in the leaves. Sugars build up because of the warmer temperatures during the day and colder temperatures at night.
With rain in the forecast, even more leaves will drop before they get a chance to change colors.
Trees are in need of rain for their general health, but as for fall colors, rain could ruin a colorful display.
Although most trees are out of luck for turning extreme colors, oak trees are just starting to turn. Koenig said most of the green trees left are oaks.
Koenig encourages people to get out and enjoy nature while the leaves are beautiful.