Early color is not unusual, but Indian Rhubarb showing in Plumas County (4,500′), Chinese Pistache showing in El Dorado County (800′), Fremont Cottonwood coloring up in Folsom wetlands (Sacramento County) and Quaking Aspen showing in Inyo County (5,000′) at the same time? That’s unusual.
Quaking Aspen – 2013 Zach Behrens
Last winter was unusually dry. A dry winter often translates into earlier color (at least as far as we’ve noticed in past years).
We think naturalists and scientists might say “hogwash.” But then we don’t pretend to be naturalists or scientists at California Fall Color, just observers of color change in the Golden State.
What are you seeing where you live and travel?
0 – 15% – Showing early color in the northern Sierra, eastern Sierra, Gold Country and Sierra foothills (exotic).