Why do leaves change colors? by Arman Deeptha

Leaves change color in the fall because the days get shorter and there is not as much sun. With fewer daylight hours, leaves are not able to make as much chlorophyll. As the chlorophyll fades, we are able to see other colors, such as orange and yellow, emerge.
Many people mistakenly believe that weather makes leaves change color. While this is not true, weather can affect how vibrantly the colors appear.

It happens every autumn: the big green leaves on the trees turn yellow, red, brown, and orange and fall to the ground. Watch this video to find out why this happens.

Every Autumn in New Jersey, our world turns a beautiful harvest color. It is fun to watch the leaves turn to vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow and brown.

You may be surprised to learn that each leaf has small amounts of other colors in it year-round, even if we can't see them. During the spring and summer, chlorophyll overpowers the other colors, and all we see is green. With less chlorophyll to give the leaf its vibrant green color, we begin to see the other colors, such as orange, yellow, and red, which have been there all along.

If the weather is too hot or cold, the leaves will not be as bright as they begin to change. The best weather for brilliant autumn foliage is sunny, warm days and cool nights.
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