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What makes plant foliage turn color in the autumn? This and other queries about nature's spectacular annual display are the subjects of this text by naturalist Charles W.G. Smith. After reviewing the science of fall coloration, the author provides a field guide to trees, shrubs, and vines that create a visual delight. Photographs by biologist Frank Kaczmarek capture their remarkable hues and form, so the reader can quickly identify the individual species.
In the second section of the book, the text tells of regions where travelers may find excellent autumn color; these pages include driving routes and hiking trails for the best viewing. A boon for those planning their itineraries is the Resource section, which contains information on hotlines and websites for accessing the status of local foliage conditions across the county.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden