Fabulous Fall Color at Morris Arboretum
To experience fall color in the Philadelphia area, there is truly no better place to see beautiful autumn trees than at Morris Arboretum. Home to some of the area’s oldest and largest trees, the Arboretum also features many trees known for their particularly superb color, including red and sugar maples, scarlet oaks, and black gums.
According to Anthony Aiello, Director of Horticulture at the Arboretum, expect peak fall foliage in the greater Philadelphia region “in the third week of October through the end of the month, with some species like Japanese maples into early November.” Thanks to the mild summer temperatures and a relatively wet September, most plants are well hydrated and not losing their leaves due to drought. This year however, because of the very wet summer, some species like crabapples and cherries experienced fungal problems which led to early leaf drop.
To see the brightest and best reds, yellows and oranges on this year’s trees, “hope for nice bright sunny days going from late September into October,” Aiello said. “We still need those sunny days.”
Morris Arboretum is a 92-acre horticultural display garden that features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 1988, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information, visit: www.morrisarboretum.org
Photo Credit: Judy Miller