Each week during the fall foliage season VDOF shares information about leaf color around the state. Tree color is influenced by precipitation and temperature, so there could be big differences in color and peaks from one region to another and from year to year. Below is our report for the weekend of Nov. 11 More information is available here.
Although winter is fast approaching the higher mountains, most areas below 3000 feet are still sporting a subdued autumn color palette, interspersed with the evergreen of pines. If you want to see the best fall foliage in Virginia this week, plan a trip to the Piedmont or Coastal Plain. Across central and eastern Virginia, all the shades of yellow predominate. Oaks, which have been slow to change this year, still vary from mostly green to fully colored in deep red or rust. Maples, sumacs, and dogwoods are eye-catching in red, and hickories in clear gold. An eastern species to notice now is the sweetgum, with each tree wearing a patchwork coat of yellow, red, orange, purple and green star-shaped leaves.