A lot has changed in the Central Region since last week! Most oaks and hickories are still green, but the understory dogwoods are dark red, and the sugar maples have quickly changed to flaming orange and yellow. In the lowlands, cottonwoods, hackberries, and sycamores are all yellowish green. Most of the white ashes are at their peak reddish purple color, and the green ashes are well on their way to bright yellow. Catalpa and red maple ― species that are native to southern Missouri but are commonly planted up here ― are beginning to turn as well. Look for the yellowing heart-shaped leaves of catalpa in rural yards and along highways. Red maples are dark red right now but will continue to brighten to a true lipstick red. Roadsides still showcase brilliant red poison ivy and smooth sumac, as well as the orange tones of sassafras and black cherry.
Fall Color Hot Spots
For a good tour of the fall colors, a drive along MO 94 heading east out of Jefferson City is always a good choice. If you’re looking for a lovely hike, we’re getting reports that Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area in Morgan County currently has a nice variety of beautiful fall colors.