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Early Leaf Drop Doesn't Mean an Early Fall

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     A wet summer put plenty of green leaves on our trees.  Now some of those leaves are starting to come down…leaving many of you asking “Are we going to see an early fall?”

     George Dickert from Clemson’s Spartanburg County Extension office says what we’re seeing now is actually a result of our rainy summer.

     “Since we had such a wet spring and mid-summer, we had a lot of leaf wetness and had a lot of issues with fungal diseases on those leaves, which may cause then to drop earlier than normal.”

     Cherry trees have been hit hardest, but many hardwoods also have some leaf drop.  If you’re looking for great fall color, leaves down now mean fewer leaves will be around to change color in October.  But all is not lost…

     “If we stay dry in the month of September particularly, then we’ll get decent fall color.  We’ll probably always have some oranges and yellows but to bring out those nice reds, we really need the dry weather.”

     Our falling leaves today, though, are not telling us of earlier color or harsher weather ahead.

     “That’s really a product of the weather we’ve already had, and not so much the weather we’re going to have.”

     Fall officially starts on September 22.  Peak leaf color typically moves north-to-south across the area during October.

A weekly fall color report for the mountains will start up in October and can be found here.     A pre-season fall color prediction can be found here.

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