Brilliant Fall Colors as Foliage Peaks in AshevilleLeaf season is at its peak in Asheville while lower elevations are just beginning to see signs of the annual show. In Asheville, red oaks have joined the parade, looking absolutely gorgeous with a deep red hue. Japanese maples are far from subtle with leaves ranging from orange to crimson. Beeches and hickories continue to display a golden yellow, while dogwoods and sourwoods hold strong with their own shade of red. Now is a great time to visit because not only can you see great color, but you can also get into the early holiday spirit as annual events like Christmas at Biltmore begin this weekend.
Two excellent places to view fall color in Asheville are Biltmore Estate and the North Carolina Arboretum, due to the exceptional diversity of plant life, seasonally landscaped gardens and stunning scenic vistas. The Arboretum's Director of Horticulture Alison Arnold notes that many colors are brightening the landscape, including brilliant reds from maple trees, blazing oranges from black gum and persimmon trees, and glittering gold from a variety of shrubs and perennials. Maples are showing a full spectrum of reds, yellows and oranges. The beautyberry shrubs have turned royal purple, basking in the bronze orange of the dawn redwood and bald cypress.
Foliage experts and attractions from around the region are providing weekly updates for leaf peepers. Check back soon for updates on where to find the best color in Western North Carolina. And, as you’re out this fall in the Asheville area, share your fall photos with us.
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