Most of the trees that started showing color last week have brightened. Sycamores and catalpas have intensified to a bright light green. Hickories have progressed to yellow, but many still contain green leaves. Persimmons are at peak color; as you look across the landscape, they appear as bright orange and yellow spots. Sassafras is also displaying bright reds and oranges. Most oaks are remaining green. Sumacs and dogwoods are still red but are on the decline, particularly in the north part of our region. In the southern part of the region, black gums have individual crimson leaves mixed in with the green.
Across the Central Region, the portions of sugar maples that receive a lot of sun are becoming tinged with orange, and red maples are beginning to blush red. The maple species always put on a great show, so watch their progress in the coming weeks!
Where the ash trees have not succumbed to the emerald ash borer (EAB), parts of the canopies of green ash are bright yellow, and the leaves of white ash are fading from purplish red to brown. If you have an ash tree that you would like to save from EAB, there are options for treating them. See the Management Guide link in the list below.
Fall Color Hot Spots
A drive on MO 100 from Linn all the way to St. Charles is a good route to see some brilliant scenery along the Missouri River.
If you’re in the mood for a hike, Saline Valley Conservation Area is a good place to visit in autumn due to its assortment of habitats, rich wildlife viewing opportunities, and abundance of wooded hills to explore and enjoy Missouri’s outdoors. Be sure to wear an orange vest, as archery deer hunters are also taking to the woods.