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Johnathon Rawson`s interest in trees started he used to chop wood for his family`s furnace. From there, it blossomed. Rawson says, “Within maples there`s three or four different colors within the maples you got maroon and yellow and orange and red and kind of a reddish orange.”

But this year the colors are a bit behind schedule by about two weeks. Our warmer than normal fall slowed down the arrival of fall colors.

Iowa Tourism Communications Manager Jessica O’Riley says, “Cool evenings and the nice warm days really helps the colors come out.”

Experts say the weather is finally working in our favor. It may be behind schedule, but foliage fans are happy to hear we still could have a festive fall.

The Fall Color Hotline says the best times for viewing the color change in northern Iowa is this weekend.

In central Iowa, much of the oak leaves are still green while walnut, hickory and ash trees have all started to turn. This weekend through the third week of October are said to offer the richest colors.

Currently, just 30% of leaves are displaying colors in parts of southern Iowa. The best time to views those will be from 19th October.

The Iowa DNR offers millions of seedlings each year at their website, IowaTreePlanting.com.

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