Falling Leaves in Fairfax County


It’s fall! So, when are the leaves going to start turning and falling?

Because we had a long, hot and rainy summer — remember all those storms? — the leaves stayed greener a bit longer. But it won’t be long now…and the leaves will drop as trick-or-treaters swish through them at the end of October through early November.

Colors in our area should peak in the second and third week of October. The first leaves to fall will be the yellow poplars and black walnut trees. Their leaves turn golden yellow.

Beech leaves turn yellow to orange.

Dogwood leaves turn scarlet to purple. Red Maples also are scarlet. Japanese maples turn purple.

Oak leaves are gold to red to brown.


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