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WHY LEAVES CHANGE COLORS

During the spring and summer the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree's growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch. http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/fallfoliage/whyleaveschange.html

 
 


COLORATION OF GEORGIA TREES


               
    YELLOW
~ White Ash
~ Black Cherry
~ Buckeye
~ Umbrella Magnolia
~ Sweet Birch
~ Yellow Poplar
~ Black Locust
    RED
~ Black Gum
~ Scarlet Oak
~ White Oak
~ Persimmon
~ Red Maple
 

 

YELLOW-GOLD
~ White Basswood
~ Hickories
~ American Beech
~ Black Walnut
   


RED-ORANGE
~ Sassafras


RED-PURPLE
~ Sweet Gum
~ Scarlet Oak
~ Sumac
    BRONZE
~ Chestnut Oak
~ American Elm
~ Black Oak
   

RED-BROWN
~ Southern Red Oak


 
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