With summer fading, trees will soon start to change colors for fall

(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With summer fading away and cool, crisp weather on the way, trees will start to change to their beautiful annual tapestry of autumn color.

Indications are that this year’s color will be fantastic after a good mix of rain and sunshine this summer.

(Graphic: WKRN)

The tricky part about going out to view the leaves is picking the right time for peak color. Too early and the leaves may have not all changed and too late the leaves may have turned brown or fallen off the trees.

There is already some color showing up in the high elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains with peak there expected in less than a month, around October 1, while lower elevations in the Smokies about a week later.

For the Cumberland Plateau, expect peak color in mid-October with the rest of Middle Tennessee reaching peak toward the end of the month.

Here’s a look at different tree’s and their typical colors:

Tulip Poplar: Golden Yellow
Birch: Yellow
Black Cherry: Yellow
Dogwood: Deep Red
Sourwood: Red
Shining Sumac: Red
Hickories: Golden-Bronze
Oaks: Red, Brown or Russet
Sugar Maple: Orange-Red
Black Maple: Glowing Yellow
Red Maple: Bright Scarlet or Orange