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Texas Trees Think It's Spring, Not Fall. Davey Arborist Tells Us Why

Trees and flowers don't always follow the calendar.

In fact, some Central Texas trees and flowers, including crape myrtles and canna lilies, are bursting with white and red flowers, respectfully - not a typical sight for this time of year.

Davey Arborist Dave Madden says the state's extreme drought and summer heat have stressed plants so much that they are now responding to the cooler temperatures and rainfall.

While the sight is beautiful, the blooms will be short-lived, but, "don't worry," Madden says. "The trees will bloom again in the spring."

Read the story below or see it on KVUE-TV.


Some Central Texas trees, flowers think it's spring, not fall

By Andrew Chung, KVUE-TV, Austin, Texas


AUSTIN -- The calendar says fall, but some trees and flowers in Central Texas mistakenly think it's spring.

In North Austin, crape myrtle trees have little white flowers blooming on them. The canna lilies are also blooming with vibrant red flowers. It's an unusual sight this time of year.

Arborist Dave Madden says the drought and extreme summer heat stressed the plants. Now that the temperatures have dropped and we've had a little bit of rain, Mother Nature has fooled the trees into thinking it's springtime. However, the blooms will be short-lived.

“I think essentially Mother Nature wins out, because now we’re getting into the shorter days, and true dormancy occurs because of (the) photo period, which is the length of the day. So as the day shortens, pretty quick the trees are gonna figure out, ‘Winter’s here; time to go to sleep,’ and they’ll go dormant for the winter,” said Madden.

Madden says fall blooms in Central Texas are usually sporadic, but this year's bloom is one of the more spectacular ones he's ever seen. And don't worry, he says they will bloom again in the spring.



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