Spring color fades into Summer

April 16, 2012

I was reflecting on my last post where I talked about my mixed feelings regarding the tree Quercus robur ‘Concordia’. My ambivalence had to do with the observation that the bright yellow/gold spring color turns totally green by midsummer. Spring is all about vibrant fresh colors. The new growth of conifers is brightest during the new shoot growth.Some forms of Japanese Maples often have a very short extremely bright phase as the bud opens. So, if all these other trees can be valued for their spring color, why not that oak? Summer is a season of varied greens. It is a quieter season color-wise, but full as the weight of maturing stems and foliage add a heaviness that we love. Each season is obviously different and it’s good that spring doesn’t last forever, though it is my favorite season. So, maybe it is just fine that ‘Concorida’ fades to green by midsummer or even earlier.

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2 Responses to “Spring color fades into Summer”

  1. Have you had experience with Q. robur ‘Purpurea’? If so, is the spring foliage really stunning and how long does it hold the purple color? We gather that it fades to green in summer, but that’s ok if the spring foliage does its job. We have a similar experience with Corylus avellana ‘Contorta Red Majestic’ – the spring color (including the catkins!) is a stunning deep maroon, and gradually it turns to a rich green.
    We concur with your observation that ‘summer is a season of varied greens’ and we find the greens soothing and cooling in the heat of the long summer days.
    Nice reflections.

    • archtrees1 said

      In our climate in the piedmont of NC, the purple color stays pretty purple during our heat and doesn’t fade much like many other purple foliage plants do.

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