Mid October traditionally sees the start of the autumn colour. Until now a few trees have turned, notably Aesculus and Betula providing the traditional sound of walking and kicking through the deciduous leaf carpet. From now on the colours will intensify especially with lower temperatures. After a frosty night as the temperature rises with the onset of daylight the abscission layer breaks and there is literally a storm of falling leaves.
Treat each as a transient work of art and appreciate the daily changes.
This Japanese Euonymus sieboldianus positioned in an elevated focal point is always a good starter for the kaleidoscope of the season’s colours. Now a mass of red pigment the ovate leaves drop rapidly.
Found growing in association with Sasa, Viburnum, other species of Euonymus and Ulmus in Japan in full sun in moist heavy loam within a north east facing valley bottom.