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Leaf Watch — Why Leaves Change Color

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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.
 
 

 

Coloration Of Georgia Trees

Leaves on the Ground
Leaves in the Trees
               
 
Yellow
 

Yellow

White Ash
Black Cherry
Buckeye
Umbrella Magnolia
Sweet Birch
Yellow Poplar
Black Locust
   
Red

Red

Black Gum
Scarlet Oak
White Oak
Persimmon
Red Maple
 

Yellow-Gold
   

Yellow-Gold

White Basswood
Hickories
American Beech
Black Walnut
   
Red-Orange


Red-Purple

Red-Orange

Sassafras
 

Red-Purple

Sweet Gum
Scarlet Oak
Sumac
 
Bronze
 

Bronze

Chestnut Oak
American Elm
Black Oak
   
Red-Brown

Red-Brown

Southern Red Oak


 
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