By now, I'm sure you've noticed that leaf color is really starting to change across the area, especially the maple trees. In the latest report from the Iowa DNR on September 27:

Northeast Iowa is reporting that the hillsides still look mostly green with splashes of color from scattered trees. Sumac, Virginia creeper, and dogwoods are turning red. The asters in the understory are in full bloom. 

Peak fall color occurs in northeast Iowa, on average, during the weekend closest to October 10 --- THIS WEEKEND. 


From the Iowa DNR:

Walnut: Turns yellow in fall. One of the first to turn and drop leaves. One of the last to leaf out in spring.

Red Oak: Brilliant red leaves in fall. Color probably not as intense as some hard maples.

White oak: Subdued red color of leaves in fall. Then turning brown and often staying on the tree until new leaves begin to grow in the spring.

Bur oak. Buff to yellow. Turning brown before falling. Hickory. Leaves turn yellow, then brown before falling.

Ash. Leaves turn yellow, but some have a purplish cast. Leaves fall after walnut but earlier than oaks and maples.

Elms. Leaves turn yellow, some turn brown before falling, others while still yellow. Soft maple. Leaves turn yellow. They don’t turn brown before falling.

Hard Maple. Brilliant red hues. Red pigmentation of some leaves breaks down before falling.

Sumac. Redder and anything, but often overlooked because it is a small tree confined to openings and edges.

Virginia Creeper. Bright red. Very spectacular when it grows on dead snags.

The below photos were taken at Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls on October 3rd:

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