Changing Colors – Who goes first?

One of my favorite pleasures of fall is watching the leaves change color. Not all trees and shrubs follow the same timing, though. Who goes first? Some color-change pioneers include:

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)—look for medium-sized trees often at the edges of woods, with colors of mottled greens, orange, yellow, pink, and red Sumac (Rhus typhina)—look for shrubs turning bright orange and red Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)—look for vines with leaves that turn a deep purply-red.

Fall is fleeting, so take the time to enjoy it!