AUSTIN (November 7, 2012)--Fall color is showing up in state parks in parts of Texas, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said Wednesday.
As cooler weather begins to creep across the state, the foliage is beginning to show its fall colors, particularly in areas not severely impacted by the drought that have gotten some rain over the summer and early autumn, TPWD botanist Jackie Poole said.
Some Places Worth Visiting
(Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
In the Panhandle, Palo Duro Canyon State Park’s cottonwood trees’ yellow leaves glint in the sunlight and the skunkbush sumacs are just about to turn.
Northwest of San Antonio, the bigtooth maples and other hardwoods at Lost Maples State Natural Area are showing hints of color around their edges and are expected to be in peak color by Veterans Day. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department strongly suggests that to avoid long lines of traffic, try to visit Lost Maples during the week.
Northwest of Austin at Inks Lake State Park near Burnet, the sycamore trees are sporting golden foliage and the cypress trees lining the lake have adorned themselves in shades of brown, orange, and red.
Just north of Dallas at Eisenhower State Park, and around Lake Texoma, elm trees, winged sumacs, and oak trees are turning shades of red and are accompanied by ash and bois d’arc trees ornamented with yellow leaves.
On the eastern ridge of the Texas/ Louisiana border at Martin Creek Lake State Park, sumac, black gum, and other foliage are showing hues of red, gold and purple.
Native Plants To Watch
Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin says many native Hill Country plants found to provide the best fall color will achieve peak color shortly after the first frost. Some of those species include:
Flame-leaf sumac (Rhus lanceolata) - just starting to turn now. Orange/red.
Poision ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) - just starting to turn now. Orange/red.
Texas red oak (Quercus texana) - usually best color around or after Thanksgiving. Dark red.
Elbowbush (Forestiera pubescens) - will turn soon. Yellow.
Cedar elm (Ulmus crassifolia) - will turn soon. Yellow.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) - turning now. Orange/red.
Grasses like bushy bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)