Kentucky Fall Trees-Rebirth of Color in the Leaves

Wonderful information on the rebirth of color in the fall leaves and how this process is activated.

Oldham County Cooperative Extension Blog

Written by Billy Thomas, Extension Forester. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Fall Tree Color in Kentucky

All summer they’ve remained hidden beneath a green cloak, but as fall continues, the parade of brilliant tree leaf colors will slowly put on a spectacular show across Kentucky.

The fall colors have been in leaves all along, but they were masked by chlorophyll, a green pigment that combines with sunlight to produce food for tree growth. It might surprise you to know that this rebirth of color is caused by fewer hours of daylight, not “Jack Frost.” A “chemical clock” activated by shorter days tells trees to shut down chlorophyll production in preparation for winter. Trees then use chlorophyll faster than it’s produced. This removes the green mask, and the brilliant fall color show begins.

Fall color typically peaks in mid-to-late October. Due to Kentucky’s diverse climate and…

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Our Kentucky Home

This blog post about a first visit to Kentucky makes us even more proud of our great state, the people, places and products. There is no place more beautiful than Kentucky in the fall of the year. Fall in Kentucky.

Rambling Ruths

October 13, 2015

Our Final Eastern Destination

Over the Mississippi River into Memphis, Tennessee. Over the Mississippi River into Memphis, Tennessee.

A hop, skip and a jump and we are in Kentucky. A hop, skip and a jump and we are in Kentucky.

A Kentucky barn flies past the window as we make our way to our daughter's town. A Kentucky barn flies past the window as we make our way to our daughter’s town.

We finally arrived in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, last Thursday to visit with our daughter Stephanie and her four children. Neither Randy nor I have ever been to Kentucky or Tennessee which we crossed along the way here. This is our final eastern destination before turning around and heading for home.

All I can say is, for a gal from the very brown desert, the green in this area is an emerald feast for the eyes. As soon as we entered Tennessee, the temperature dropped dramatically and while we passed rolling green hills with cozy farm houses tucked into the pastures, I pictured woman in checkered aprons baking apple pies while…

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Photo property of Everything Kentucky

Fall in Kentucky is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.  This is the front yard of a farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.  The trees are so beautiful this time of the year.  There is a quote by Shira Tamir that says, “Anyone that thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”  I think the leaves are beautiful as they flutter to the ground in the fall.  The colors on a fall day in Kentucky are like looking at a painting.  We Kentuckians are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place.