Fall foliage hit Philadelphia late, so how much longer will the autumnal colors last?

Hadas Kuznits
November 07, 2018 - 2:30 pm
Fall in Philadelphia



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The fall season officially started more than a month ago, and we're just beginning to see some fall foliage take form.

But why did it appear so late?

Arborist Paul Meyer said fall colors in Philadelphia typically start to turn around Oct. 25, "but this year, it's been running about eight to 10 days late, and we really peaked just this past weekend."

Leaves change colors in the first place due to the shortening of the length of the day, which "causes the trees to start to grow dormant and start to begin to drop their leaves. However, soil moisture and temperature also play a factor."

This October has been particularly warm and wet, pushing the dates back a bit for the color changes.

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Now that these brilliant colors abound, when can we expect the leaves to fall? It depends on the type of tree, Meyer explained.

"Some trees have already dropped, but others are looking their very best today. Japanese maples for example, are looking very nice right now," he said.

Meyer noted why this year's colors may seem particularly vibrant because of the weather.

"The thing that brings out the best fall colors are bright, sunny days and cool nights without a heavy freeze, and this year, we still have not had a heavy freeze in Philadelphia."