Trail leading through forest in autumn

When will the leaves start changing color for Fall 2019 in Janesville WI?

This is our favorite time of the year here in Wisconsin; the fall season means that all our beloved sports teams are back in action, and stepping outside welcomes us to beautiful sights as far as the eye can see. It’s always awesome to step back and see the different colors that trees give us during fall, and we want to help you find the best time to head out for the forest.  

If you’re wondering “When will the leaves start changing color for Fall 2019 in Janesville WI?” we’ve got your answer today, as well as a quick lesson on how this happens. Check it out today with Janesville VW! 

Why does tree foliage change color during fall? 

Put simply, it takes a lot of energy for trees to keep leaves alive when the weather starts to get colder, and the deeper, richer colors that you see is the result of shorter days and lower temperatures. When this happens, leaves don’t have the same food-making process that they’re used to, so chlorophyll breaks down to keep them alive. Shades of orange, red and yellow are deep inside every tree leaf, and they only come out before the end of the season.    


Trees in park with fall colors


Autumn color change prediction map and peak leaf forecast 

Our friends at Smoky Mountain National Park put together an awesome map year after year, which details the projected color changing forecasts throughout America. In Southern Wisconsin, here’s what to expect:  

  • Patchy Colors: September 28 
  • Partial Color Fill: October 5 
  • Leaf Colors Near Peak: October 12 
  • Peak Leaf Colors: October 19 

There you have it, ladies and gents – start planning those camping or sightseeing trips for the middle of October! 


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Test drive a fall-ready vehicle at Frank Boucher Volkswagen in Janesville WI 

If you’re looking for a perfect companion on those last road trips before winter arrives, we have plenty of autumn-ready cars, hatchbacks and SUVs here on our Janesville VW lot. Contact our team today in order to schedule a test drive – we’ll help you find something that you’ll love for all seasons!