This year’s drought could affect fall colors

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DENVER (KDVR) — When we think of fall, the first that comes to mind are leaves changing to red, orange and yellow. Well, this year those colors may look a little different in Denver thanks to the lack of rainfall.

Michael Sundberg and arborist with Davey Tree says the drought in the west will cause many trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like maples or birches to go into survival mode early to prepare for winter. This stressful condition causes leaves to turn brown and fall off before they reach peak color.

Sundberg also says the trees will most likely turn sooner, so expect to see those fall foliages to turn early September this year.

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