Color, Color Everywhere
Fall color has now dropped in elevation to sea level. Exotic trees are showing first, as can be seen in these photos of Chinese Pistache (pistacia chinensis) and Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) photographed at 800′ in El Dorado Hills.
Native trees from sea level to 1,000′ still have two weeks to go before peak, but the exotics are providing a dazzling show of yellow, orange, red, lime, burgundy and brown.
Planned communities, where landscaped boulevards cluster tree species are literally glowing. Chinese pistache, liquidambar, redbud, red oak, ornamental pear, persimmon, crape myrtle, maidenhair and birch are turning quickly and shedding leaves with each storm.
Parks and arboreta will deliver good fall color viewing through November. A map to where fall color can be found within the San Francisco Botanical Garden is included in the preceding blog.
50-100% — Urban Landscape (0 – 1000′). It is difficult to express a precise percent of change for so vast a territory as is California, though exotic foliage (that not native to California) is at or nearing peak across the state, as seen in this photograph of a Japanese maple sent to us by Richard McCutcheon from Taylorsville (southeast of Lake Almanor). Native trees below 1,000′ are anywhere from 15% to 75%, again according to species and micro-climate. Fall color viewing continues across California, though the brightest displays are now within the exotic landscapes of the state’s cities and towns.
Photo Credit: © 2009, John Poimiroo
Japanese Maple: © 2009, Richard McCutcheon