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Media Contact: Rob McCorkle, 830-866-3533, robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov

Nov. 7, 2012

Fall Colors Showing Up in Texas State Parks

With cold weather slowly creeping its way across the state, fall foliage is beginning to show its true colors in Texas state parks.

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.

TPWD botanist Jackie Poole says fall colors in Texas will be most prevalent in areas that have not been severely impacted by the drought, such as much of West Texas and have been blessed with some decent rainfall during summer and early autumn.

According to Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, many native Hill Country plants found that provide the best fall color will achieve peak color shortly after the first frost. Some of those species include:

To keep track of the changing fall leaves at Lost Maples, follow the Fall Foliage report at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/lost-maples/foliage-reports.

RM 2012-11-07


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