A Virginia Tech expert on fall colors says unusually dry conditions in August and September have set up a potentially disappointing season and even the rains predicted from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate this week will not be enough to help.
Virginia Tech tree physiology expert John Seiler says, “I think for some species, it’s already too late…hickories aren’t going to have a good vibrant yellow…and there are a lot of trees kind of going from yellow to brown in a matter of three to five days and crinkling on the tree. I can see that going on in the woods right now.”
Same story with sugar maples, yellow poplars.
He says this is potentially the most disappointing season for fall color in many years. “At this point right now it is,” added Seiler.
And he says, that is true up and down the East Coast.