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I have 3 new fact sheets up at my workplace website. Take a look:

Fringetree

Sweetshrub

Fatsia

Pretty pictures too.   And yes, this does mean it’s time for me to pay attention to this blog again. I’ve neglected it for far too long.

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Leaf color seemed to be more advanced in Spartanburg than in Clemson or Anderson, only about 60 miles away and about the same elevation. hmmm.  So, a bit past peak, but still lovely. I only spent a couple of hours there, since it turned out to stay so wet and cold. Next year I’ll know to go earlier, before peak hits here.  I’d still recommend the trip now  since lots of trees are still coloring and even when I’ve been mid-winter, the arboreta are still terrific collections. Woffard and Milliken worked with Michael Dirr on establishing their collections.  If you have someone who knows Spartanburg along, it would help find places. (I find SpB very confusing, my SpB native coworker says not. Wonder why?)

So, some pics, with a few more later when I have more time.

Acer rubrum klr

Red maple (Acer rubrum)

Acer saccharum 'Legacy' klr

‘Legacy’ Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘Legacy’)

Cornus x 'Constellation' fruit klr

‘Constellation’ dogwood (Cornus x ‘Constellation) berries

This is a hybrid between C. florida and C. kousa. It really shows in the intermediate appearance of the berries. This series (Stellar dogwoods) is alleged by some not to fruit.

Sassafras albidum clump klr

Sassafras albidum leaves klr

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) colony and leaves

Zelkova serrata 'Halka' klr

‘Halka’ Zelkiova (Zelkova serrata ‘Halka’)

These trees seemed a bit divided on the issue of turning or not.

And lastly for now, Mystery Fungus.

Mystery fungus klr

Cute little thing. Hordes of them were growing under a crabapple tree. Does anyone know what it is?

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Excellent article on NPR “Why Leaves Really Fall Off Tree“s by Robert Krulwich

You think you know why leaves fall off trees. Well, you’re wrong. It’s not the wind. It’s not the cold.

It’s because trees use “scissors” to cut their leaves off.””

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The Fall Garden Project

Be sure to take a look over at http://www.growingthehomegarden.com/ where The Fall Garden Project is collecting blog posts, links and photos documenting the movement of fall color across the country.  So many excellent posts and photos, all linked from one spot. Time to pack up the camera and go leaf spotting.

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Just a few quick links to help you find the best fall color in South Carolina. Color has been coming on strong this week, and nature is  in her glory.

Discover South Carolina, the state tourism site, has a list of some drives and hikes with excellent fall color.  SC State Parks has a list of the best state park views for fall foliage.  They also have a live webcam at Table Rock State Park showing current color on the mountain.

If you’re in the upstate, but can’t get to the mountains this weekend, a great place to see a variety of trees in color is Spartanburg. The city is home to 5 separate arboreta. Find out more at Arboretaville.

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