Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall Foliage in the Poconos is the Best Time to be in the Poconos!

Thank you for visiting my Fall Foliage blog and updates on the beautiful scenery that fall time brings to the Pocono Mountains. Home to more than 127 varieties of trees, shrubs and plants, the Pocono Mountains is truly a spectacular sight during the fall season. Because the region stretches for 2,400 square miles, three distinct color zones are present allowing you to catch peak colors not only once, but three times!




Northern:  Full color now can be seen throughout Wayne County! Red Maples have turned a bright red and sassafras and black gum trees are now vibrantly displaying their bright red and orange colors. The aspen and birch are at their full yellow shades. Full Color is at 100%. Peak colors are occurring now and are expected to last at least a week or so depending upon the weather.



Central:  Most of the trees in northern Monroe and southern Pike Counties should be in full color this week. However, the trees in southern Monroe should be in full color by next week. Oaks, red maple, sumac, black gum, dogwood, and serviceberry are mostly red and orange, while birch, ash, tulip poplar, sugar maple, aspen, hickory, walnut, and sycamore are turning mostly yellow and orange. Most trees in this region are currently showing their brilliant hues. Full color is at 75% and peak color is expected on October 17.



Southern:  Although fall coloration is moving forward and most of the tree species have yellow, red and russet leaves, the oaks are still mostly green. The maples are displaying yellow and red leaves, while birches are yellow and gum trees are showing deep reds. Full color is at 40% and peak color is expected on October 


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