A Change in Leaf Color

Leaves go to a lot of trouble to turn red in the fall.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 18, 2006

Every autumn, traffic creeps along New England's roads as visitors look everywhere but at the road. These tourists flock to the region as soon as leaves begin to change color from a summery green to spectacular shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.

New England's brilliant fall colors attract many visitors.

New England's brilliant fall colors attract many visitors.

National Park Service

"Being in the Northeast during autumn is just about as good as it gets in this country," says David Lee. He's a botanist at Florida International University i...

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