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When will the fall colors arrive in central Ohio?

Last year, we saw peak fall color by the middle of October.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the cool nights and Labor Day behind us, it’s starting to feel a little more like the fall season.

Some places in northern Michigan and the New England states have started to see patchy fall colors but we are still awaiting the colorful foliage here. 

According to the Executive Director, Luke Messinger, the fall colors should start to appear in our northern counties by the end of September.

Last year, we saw peak color in our state around the middle of October. We get these brilliant fall colors from the breakdown of chlorophyll as cooler weather arrives and we see changes in the duration of daylight. 

Light, water and temperature variations all have an impact on the degree and duration of that fall color.

If you wanted to see the leaves change at Dawes Arboretum you can find more information here.

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