Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

We all enjoy the colours of autumn leaves. The changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight us. Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes colour? Why a maple leaf turns bright red? Where do the yellows and oranges come from?
As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter.
During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves.
As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colours. Small amounts of these colours have been in the leaves all along. We just can’t see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.
The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are made mostly in the fall. In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the online slots leaves turn this glucose into a red color.
The brown colour of trees like oaks is made from wastes left in the leaves.
It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall foliage colours we enjoy each year.
If you want to thinking of planting trees to enjoy their beautiful Autumn colours call Leaf Matters for expert advice on 01732 451351.

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