Will Drought Affect Tree Color This Fall?
The Greater Binghamton area has sure had it's share of dry days and nights over the past summer but what does that mean for tree foliage lovers? It depends on who you ask.
The drought conditions we have experienced this year may delay the color show but it's hard to tell how it will affect the colors. There are a number of factors you must consider before mother nature does her thing. Tree color is based on the variety of the tree itself, the natural sugars it produces and believe it or not, the insects the tree attracts. Who would think insects have anything to do with it?
Of course, when colors change too early, people tend to panic a little bit as they think it's a message from Mother Nature that it will be an early winter. And let's face it, most of us like to hang on to autumn as much as possible. That's why when it happens, weather early or late, there are a number of factors that go in to the color show.
[via National Wildlife Federation]