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Autumn Color Change: Where Does it Start?

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From: Mark Stevens
Naperville, IL
When a tree begins to change colors in the fall, does it first start changing at the top? If yes, why?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Mark:

Fall color change can initiate anywhere on the tree: top, bottom, south-facing, west-facing, north-facing, or east-facing. Any walk through a park or a forest in autumn will validate the randomness of where fall color initiates within a given tree.

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