Where there are deciduous trees, there will likely be flame-colored leaves come autumn. Sure, the maples, oaks, sweetgums, and hickories in the Northeast net the most attention during fall foliage season, but there’s a certain poetry in the stately yellows and oranges of the quaking aspens, cottonwoods, and birches out West. In the South, a seasonal flush hits the hardwood trees dotting river deltas and wetlands. And in the far north, hardy tundra shrubs and wildflowers darken to jewel-like hues as they prepare for a blistering winter. Only Hawaii seems to miss the wave of colorful changes, though non-native plants might add a splash of crispness.
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