Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall

Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall

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  • During the fall, the leaves stop producing the pigment chlorophyll, and photossynthesis ceases. The tree survives by dropping its leaves, and by the end of autumn only a few fragie threads of fluid-carrying xylem hold leaves to their stems.
  • In the Fall, the leaves fall from from the trees, and the trees get ready for the Winter.
  • Not all leaves turn the same colors. Elms, weepng willows, and ancient gingko all grow radiant yellow, anlong with hickories, aspens and bottlebrush buckeyes. Basswood turns bronze, birches bright gold. Sumacs turn red.
  • The farmlands also change color, as tepees of cornstalks and bales of shredded-wheat-textured hay stand drying in the fields.
  • Children love to play in piles of leaves, hurling them into the air like confetti, leaping into soft unruly mattresses of them.
  • After all that, the Fall comes around once again the following year. The leaves turn brown and yellow, and start to fall again
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