Category Archives: Fall Color

Still some color left

Hackberry, (Celtis occidentalis) The fall color this year was disappointing but there continues to be spots of it. Here are some Hackberry leaves on the north end of Potter’s Lake. I wonder why some trees (walnuts and hickories) loose their … Continue reading

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Burning Bush

Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus) Twenty years ago we planted Burning Bush by our house because of its great fall color. However, after years of enjoying it we have started to find new plants popping up all over the property. It … Continue reading

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American Beautyberry

American Beautyberry, (Callicarpa americana) The iridescent-purple fruits of the Beautyberry make it very attractive native shrub. We have some planted on the west side of the porch at the PGT Visitor Center. Bobwhite Quail are supposed to love the seeds. … Continue reading

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Seed Head, (Arisaema triphyllum) Walking the woodland trails this time of year I occasionally find the intensely red seed heads of Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I’ve never tried eating the seeds because I’ve read that they contain the calcium oxalate crystals which … Continue reading

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Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress, (Taxodium distichum) Most trees with needle-like leaves are evergreens. One exception is Bald Cypress. The name “bald” comes from the fact that it is deciduous and looses it’s needles in the winter. Before the needles fall they briefly … Continue reading

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Bittersweet

American Bittersweet, (Celastrus scandens) The fruits of Bittersweet are another source of fall color. I found this cluster in a wild plum tree on the trail to The Savanna. The fruits capsules have not popped open yet. The native bittersweet … Continue reading

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Leaf Fall

Oak leaves carpet the ground at the PGT Today the air was full of falling leaves. This is too early for leaf fall! There should have been peak fall color this weekend. Instead a combination of high winds and drought … Continue reading

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Fall Prairie Color

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) and Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) Fall color is not just trees and shrubs; the grasses can also be wonderful. Here you can see some of the tall grasses in the Dogleg Prairie just south of the … Continue reading

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