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Normal fall foliage expected despite summer’s drought
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3:15 PM

Rain that Indiana has received the past few weeks could help produce normal colors on fall foliage even though many trees were damaged by the summer’s drought, a Purdue Extension forester says.
Some trees have lost leaves, and others have leaves that have been scorched by drought, but rains could bring recovery and more coloration, said Lenny Farlee.
“It’s too early to say whether the drought will be a major factor in leaf coloration. If we continue to get a little rain and lots of sunny weather we could have decent fall color,” he said.
Trees on the outside of woodlands typically are more colorful because they receive more direct sunlight.
“The best fall color can often be seen in trees on the edge. That’s why trees along roads are more colorful and sometimes are the best way to view fall foliage,” said Farlee.