Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife

4-H Forestry- Why do Leaves Change Colors Experiment?

The coffee filters show the red pigments from the leaves. Photo credit- Jaime Pohlman, Clemson Extension.

The fall colors of the leaves are in them all along. We do not see them until Fall due to the amount of green chlorophyll in the leaves. Chlorophyll is what the plants use along with sunlight to make their food. When the trees are actively growing, they need a lot of food, so that […]