Wow! Hard to pass up the opportunity to be 1st. It's 83F here right now, so the trees have no idea it's supposed to be autumn. They are all still quite green. Temps will eventually drop (closer to Christmas) and the trees will eventually turn...mostly brown although a few types will have some nice orange and yellow colors.
Oh. I just realized that by "at their peak" you meant peak fall color. In that case, once again I think you need to add another category as there appears to be no category for my area.
Trees here have not begun to turn yet, so that's not a fit, and they are definitely not at peak autumn color. Still, they will eventually turn, so I can't choose the option that indicates trees here don't change, and I'm not in the southern hemisphere. For most of these polls you seem to omit areas such as mine where it's still basically summer but where it will eventually be fall/winter.
As I mentioned above, right now it's still in the mid 80's here, so there is no frost and no sign of fall yet. We do have season though, and eventually it will get cold here, although not as cold as some regions. We will eventually have frost, and the trees will eventually turn yellow, orange, and brown, mostly brown. That will probably be closer to Christmas or even after New Years though.
I hope in the future you will consider adding another category to your polls to account for hot, southern areas such as mine. We have all the same season as other areas, but we are definitely out of sync with the rest of the country as to when those seasons start and end, and some of our seasons last much longer while others are very brief.
Thank you. I wasn't trying to be difficult, although it probably sounds that way. I really was confused - my normal state, I think. Sometimes I over think things.
After stephanietx answered, I went back and reread all the categories at which point I did see that the last one covers 'no change ever'. I think it was the verb tense on the 3rd one that threw me, but, again, I'm sometimes inclined to over think things and confuse myself. Thanks to you and stephanie for straightening me out.
Oh how I Love the colors of Autumn, but we hardly ever get the pretty colors this far south. I've been in Florida for 43 years, and only once have we had a colorful autumn when the Hickory and Maple trees were beautiful shades of gold and red. This is the time of year I wish I could take a vacation a bit farther north to see all the glorious shades!
Just took a drive over the North Cascade Highway - gorgeous. West side = red and gold against forest green conifers. East side = golden yellows against stark white aspen trunks. A sprinkling of snow at the top.
January of this year was the first time I've seen anything that resembles fall foliage during the 20 years I've lived here in Ft Lauderdale. In early January we had several frosts during the coldest spell of weather since 1977. This photo was taken Jan 16th showing the change of colors on some of the trees. The frosts and freezes were not a great thing, but the reds, oranges and yellows that quickly appeared were a pleasant surprise.
I can live vicariously through all your beautiful fall pictures! Alas, I live in the desert and we have pretty much 2 seasons - hot and not quite as hot;o) There are some trees here that will give a little fall color show but they are few and far between.
Rebeccatowoc - not sure if Sumac will grow here... I know some grow some types of pear trees that have lovely autumn foliage... I need to plant more trees so will definitely be looking for something to give me a spot of color;o)
There are several shrubs in the Rhus genus and all have brilliant autumn foliage. They're tough as nails, withstand lots of drought, and reliably produce stunning fall color. You might want to try some.
Fruit of female stinks and leaves a rotting mess. Tree is not a native. The park is forestry managed. After many years of harvest and replacement I believe the park is all native trees. The shrubs are nearly all native. Garden clubs have their lists but are not absolutely native plant restricted. The worst flowering plants have been eliminated. This is desirable because we are for the most part living in the forest where invasive and non-native trees are not replaced when removed. Open farmland is percentage wise very small in our part of Pennsylvania which is still largely forest from here to the Great Lakes. This picture is typical. You can see the small farms peeking out of the forest.
Our trees are just peaking--we're in that really short period between the color appearing, and then the winds coming up and blowing the leaves all down! Here's my Full-Moon Japanese maple two days ago. It's windy tonight though!
My trees in the back yard are all leafless. One tree in the front hasn't even started dropping their yellow orange leaves and the other one is almost done dropping its leaves. The two in front and one in back are all 3 Norway Maples. No idea why the the one in back was almost done dropping its leaves at the beginning of October and the two in front are at such drastic levels. It is really weird.
Thank you, I accept your compliments on behalf of my favorite Japanese Maple maple, which was a birthday present to myself four years ago on Hallowe'en. I think our foliage, at least here on the mid-Cape, has been especially colorful this year. Maybe the result of our good summer weather--lots of sunny days yet with above-average rain to encourage leaf-growth.
My "Red Sunset" sugar maple that I just planted last fall is a beautiful glowing orange, all five leaves! Just as with hydrangea and crape myrtle, you never know what color they're going to be until you see it, and I love it. (Pics next year.)
I am a little late coming to this party, but wanted to chime in. We had absolutely gorgeous color this year. I mean relative to the fact we are in SoCal, but inland. We had early cold weather with some nights in 20's Thanksgiving week. We do not get hard freezes as the days warm up to at least 50's and on up. For years I lived at the coast and, of course leaf changing did not happen. Most of my pictures were taken with my not great cell phone as the color was not in our yard. Here are 3 trees in front of daughter's school taken mid Dec. (before our rains washed all the leaves off.)
Lovely! If you can't get many fall leaves, Mother Nature makes sure you get to keep your flowers longer than we do.
I never spent much time in southern CA, but when I lived in Hawaii and northern Ca, I missed the fall colors here in Kentucky. Unfortunately a drought robbed us of most of those colors this fall.
Of course, now that it's down in the teens and single digits at night, I miss California!