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Why do leaves change color? 

 

Fall Fertilization
Learn what you should be doing in the autumn to prepare your trees for the winter.

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After every season of green and shade and the delicious sound of leaves rustling in the evening breeze, deciduous trees have one final gift to offer - an explosion of brilliant color.  For an all too brief period each autumn, every country road becomes a painting and every leafy sidewalk or forest path a gallery.

The way leaves change color is, in its own way, no less miraculous, the result of a complex shift in chemistry as a tree prepares itself for its winter dormant period.  Each leaf, no matter how small, is, in actuality, a sophisticated factory for the conversion of sunlight into energy, a process called photosynthesis.  The chemical compounds essential for this conversion are known as chlorophylls

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