Leaf Colors of Common Trees Here in the Oak-Hickory Forest
The Philadelphia area is graced with a show of spectacular fall tree color. We are just far enough north for the tree leaves to change and just far enough south to miss frigid winter temperatures. Perfect.
Tree leaves change colors in autumn according to their species DNA. Here is a list of the fall colors of common tree species here in the Oak-Hickory region of the Eastern Deciduous Forest.
bear oak – yellowish-brown
black oak – dull brown
blackjack oak, pin oak, turkey oak – reddish with an orange tinge
post oak – brown-red oak – dull brown
scarlet oak – bright scarlet to deep red
Virginia live oak – green this is an evergreen oak)
All hickories have yellow leaves in fall.
box-elder – yellow, sometimes reddish
red maple – red
silver maple – pale yellow
striped male – yellow
sugar maple – bright orange, turning to yellow
birches – all turn shades of yellow
American beech – light yellow and turning brownish tan
American chestnut – brownish-yellow
Black tupelo – deep dark red
Bigtooth aspen – orange-yellow, turning pale yellow