Here in the central Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, is among the first of the trees to begin to change colors in autumn. The apple green leaves take turns, one by one, turning to bright yellow with brown spots. Giving the trees a dotted appearance. Not an impressive start, not a hillside of color – yet.
In early October the Tulip Poplar takes on a golden yellow glow.
A golden yellow to celebrate. A lovely color worthy of a tiny parade! But start that parade without fail.
That smashing color, the color we cherish autumn for, is quick to come and go.
And – POOF! The trees are bare.
And before we know it not only are nearly all the trees are bare, but snow will be falling.