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Naturally Speaking


September 17, 2020

Photo courtesy of Jerry Davis

Many of fall's red pigments are anthocyanins, which give some plant parts reds, purples and even pinks.

A shrubby maple, mountain maple to some, sports some of the most beautiful pinks of any deciduous plant. Even in burning sunlight, these pinks show well, especially in Northern Wisconsin, where Acer spicatum is common.

Like many of Wisconsin's autumn vistas, these naturally occurring shrubs do not cover hillsides and hectors, but maybe just sewing a fringe or partial border on a small pond to hillside ditch.

Small falls, looking at autumn's accents, can be as fulfilling as hundreds of ac...

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