Expert: Expect less colorful foliage in Virginia

Expert: Expect less colorful foliage in Virginia
Leaves are starting to change colors in New Kent County. (Source: Kerry Simms)

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Dry conditions will likely mean less colorful fall foliage than usual in southwest Virginia.

That's according to John Seiler, a forestry professor at Virginia Tech and the school's resident fall foliage expert.

Seiler tells the Roanoke Times hillsides are more likely to appear brown than in previous years. Dry conditions across the region caused some trees to brown and drop leaves early.

He says certain trees like scarlet oaks and hickories have potential for colorful displays if they get rain in early October.

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