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Expert: Wild Summer Weather Will Impact Leaf Coloring This Fall

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Weather plays a big part in the fall colors, and this year has gone from hot and dry to cool and wet. Experts say all of that change will have an impact on the leaf colors this fall.

Anthony Aiello, director of horticulture at the Morris Arboretum, says some trees won’t be part of the show at all.

“Some of the things that color up early have lost their leaves,” he says. “Things like some of the Japanese flowering cherries and our native flowering dogwood, so we won’t get any color out of them, but some of the real vibrant trees such as sugar maples and red maples still have their leaves, so I think things are going to turn around.”

He says the long range forecast for warm, sunny days and cool nights will help. Still, he expects the colors to be less brilliant this fall because of the summers fickel forecasts.

Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio

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