Fall Color, At Last

“Fall Color, At Last”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

Here in the Deep South, fall color is usually pretty pathetic.  We don’t have the hard woods that turn such lovely colors in more northern areas.  Also, we don’t usually have a cold snap that starts the leaves to change colors, and living at lower latitudes we still have a lot of sunlight.  Of course, we are not totally without some autumnal color.  Crapemyrtles and tallow trees will start turning in late November and will give us some reds and deep oranges.  Many years they can be quite striking, and then, other years their leaves just seem to turn brown and fall off.

Usually, green is still the dominate color down here all through the fall and winter.  Today, however, our Bradford pear finally showed its color.  It seemed very striking especially since it was an overcast day.   As I pulled in the driveway this afternoon, the bright leaves stood out against the gray sky.




Here it is, the middle of December, and we are just getting our fall color.  I have been drooling over the gorgeous fall pictures on other people’s blogs for months, finally with all the red and green of Christmas, we get our oranges and yellows.





I know Bradford pears are not considered good trees to plant because of their brittleness, but when I see them like this, I wish I would have planted more.


  1. December 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Very beautiful! Refreshing too after all the white in our landscape.

  2. Phillip said,

    December 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    They are pretty in the fall but like you mentioned, when we have storms, they don’t hold up well.

  3. December 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    How amazing to get fall color in December!

  4. LeSan said,

    December 10, 2009 at 3:04 am

    I had to look twice at this. Wow! You have those beautiful fall colors and we are freezing our behinds off here. LOL That tree is spectacular. What a grand treat that is to have for an early Christmas gift.

  5. Lana said,

    December 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Yes, your trees are just gorgeous! The only ones that really change colors in our area are the horribly invasive, non-native Chinese tallow trees. They’re pretty, but they’re overcrowding the local flora. <:(

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