How Long Do Fall Leaves Last in North Texas?

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fall leavesIn North Texas, fall leaves typically last from mid-October through early November. However, the exact timing can vary depending on the weather.

For example, if there is a prolonged period of dry, sunny weather, the leaves may stay on the trees for a week or two longer than usual. On the other hand, if there is a sudden cold snap, the leaves may drop much earlier than expected.

No matter when they fall, though, one thing is certain: North Texans always enjoy seeing the trees turn to shades of red, orange, and yellow.


When do leaves change color in North Texas?

The timing of when leaves change color in North Texas can vary somewhat from year to year, depending on the weather. In general, the leaves usually begin to change color in mid-October. The peak of the color usually occurs in early to mid-November. After that, the leaves will start to fall off the trees, and the color will begin to fade.

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Leaf Drop – October through December

In North Texas, most trees will start to lose their leaves in October or November. As the leaves fall, they create a blanket of color on the ground. This is a great time to go for a walk or hike and enjoy the beauty of nature. The leaves will continue to fall throughout the month of December, until most of the trees are bare.

Leaf Drop – February

In North Texas, some trees (such as oak trees) will lose their leaves in winter. The leaves will start to fall off in February, and the trees will be bare by March or April.

Leaf drop – March

Most trees have lost their leaves by March, except the red oak tree.  Which is a tree often found in Texas. The red oak will keep its brown, winter leaves until new leaves push through in spring.


During the spring, trees will also start to grow new leaves. The old leaves will fall off and the trees will be green again by April or May.

Spring is a good time to do annual irrigation maintenance.  Sprinkler systems need to be checked for any damages incurred during the winter season.

How does weather impact fall foliage?fall tree in yard

One of the best things about fall is the breathtaking array of colors that appear on the leaves of trees and plants. While many factors, such as the species of tree and the amount of sunlight it receives, can affect the color of fall foliage, weather is one of the most important.

Cool nights and sunny days create the ideal conditions for producing vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves. On the other hand, warm weather can cause leaves to turn brown or drop early. Wet weather can also impact foliage by promoting fungal growth or delaying color change. Ultimately, the best fall foliage occurs when there is a gradual cool down followed by sunny days.

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Places to See Fall Colors Around North Texas

There are many great places to see fall colors in North Texas. Some of the best spots include:

  • The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano
  • The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  • The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • White Rock Lake in Dallas
  • Klyde Warren Park in Dallas
  • The Trinity River Corridor in Fort Worth
  • Lake Grapevine in Grapevine
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park in Wills Point

No matter where you go, you’re sure to enjoy the beauty of fall in North Texas!

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North Texas is a great place to enjoy the fall season. The leaves change color in October and November, providing a stunning display of red, orange, and yellow.

Leaf drop usually occurs in December, although some trees (such as oak trees) may lose their leaves in the winter months. Springtime brings new growth, as trees start to grow new leaves in April or May.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the colors of fall foliage or simply get out and enjoy the great outdoors, North Texas has plenty to offer. So get out and explore all that this beautiful season has to offer!

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