Worksheet on Species and Fall Colors

Common trees

Fall color(s)



Black Oak



Red Maple

Sugar Maple


Tupelo(Black Gum)

White Oak

Witch Hazel

Now go to the site called Fall Color Finder and find the colors of the four trees listed below; these trees are common in southern New England but not Maine.




Yellow Poplar

Compare the colors listed for the above named trees in green with the preserved leaves from these trees.

Are the leaves the expected colors?

Now read this poem: Autumn Fancies

The maple is a dainty maid
The pet of all the wood
Who lights the dusky forest glade
With scarlet cloak and hood.
The sumac is a gypsy queen,
Who flaunts in crimson dressed,
And wild along the roadside runs,
Red blossoms in her breast.
The elm a lovely lady is,
In shimmering robes of gold,
That catch the sunlight when she moves,
And glisten, fold on fold.
And towering high above the wood,
All in his purple cloak,
A monarch in his splendor is
The proud and princely oak.

Was the author accurate?

To read another fall poem for enjoyment and inspiration, go to Laughing Children

This page created by Darlene Smalley.

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