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Fall Leaf Identification Guide (Infographic)

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  • Gene Caballero
  • October 24, 2021

Ever seen fall leaves on the ground and wonder what type they are? Well, I sure have. That is why I thought this infographic guide to fall leaves was so fascinating. It includes 60 leaves you may find on the ground and what they look like before and after they change colors. 

What are some tips for identifying leaves?

When it comes to leaf identification it is helpful to break down some unique characteristics about the leaf you have found. Is the leaf round, or does it have points? Is the leaf part of a compound leaf structure? If so, are the leaves parallel or alternating? Can you see veins in the leaf, or is it smooth? These simple questions will help you eliminate some possibilities and narrow your search. 

Can the color of the leaf help me identify it?

Yes! Not only does the summer color of the leaf help you identify the tree it is from. But even the color it turns to in fall. Is the leaf yellow? If so it may be from a locust or linden.

What trees have yellow leaves in the fall?

There are a lot of trees that turn yellow in the fall. A few of them are lindens, locusts, chestnuts, hedge maples, hackberry, and horse chestnuts.

What tree leaves turn red in the fall?

In the fall the following trees may produce red leaves. These include; Japanese Maples, dogwood, buckeye, blackjack oak, and amur maples. 

What trees have leaves that turn orange in the fall?

Orange leaves may be from American hornbeams, beeches, American elms, common alders, and paper birches,

What gives leaves their color in fall?

The colors generated by fall leaves come from the various compounds the leaf produces as it falls from the tree. Green leaves are a sign of active photosynthesis which produces chlorophyll. While a red leaf is a sign of Anthocyanin production, which it produces to protect the leaf from excess light. 


At the end of the day, this infographic does a great job of helping you to identify leaves this fall. Why not spend a day and see what you can discover with this amazing infographic by MJJ Umbrella Sales

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