As if the chill in the early morning air wasn't enough, here is a sure sign that fall has arrived in southwestern Ohio. The leaves on my red maple tree, Acer rubrum "Red Sunset," have started to change.
I'm really proud of this tree that I planted. It has grown so much in just a few short years, and is a great native tree. Lots of birds can be found here, including hummingbirds who wait in its branches for their turn at the feeders.
At first glance, you might think this tree is green, but look closely. Hints of red are appearing as the green of summer's chlorophyll fades, revealing the tree's true, bright red self.