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Kentucky Color - Sassafras Glory on 704

'Sassafras, Sumac, Dogwood, Black Gum, and Sourwood and a few Red Maples are beautifully silhouetted amongst the greens of late turning species this time of year' -BILLY JOE FUDGE
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Right now is the best time of year for enjoying the color of edge trees. Edge trees are the species which usually need sunlight to germinate, so they grow along the edge of established woodlands, fence rows, roadsides, etc.


Edge trees are referred to as pioneer species and are the second stage of forest expansion and forest establishment. The first stage is weeds. Once man ceases to mow and manicure, weeds which are the first stage will appear first and the pioneer species soon follow.

Sassafras, Sumac, Dogwood, Black Gum, and Sourwood and a few Red Maples are beautifully silhouetted amongst the greens of late turning species this time of year.

All the trees accompanying this article were photographed on KY 704 but any direction on any road will immerse you in an ever changing kaleidoscope.

I highly recommend a drive on the Cumberland Parkway. Anytime is great although early morning and late afternoon are best. The hues of color change with the time of day, with sunshine or cloudy conditions, with the weather, and of course as the season progresses. - BILLY JOE FUDGE


This story was posted on 2011-10-13 08:01:14
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Kentucky Color - 2011 Sassafras on KY 704



2011-10-13 - Scenic KY 704 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe Fudge captured this brilliant fall foliage on KY 704 between Columbia and Burkesville, KY. He also recommends any drive on the Louie B. Nunn/Cumberland Parkway to take in the beauty of edge trees at this time of the year.

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Kentucky Color - 2011 Lineup of Edge Trees on KY 704



2011-10-13 - Scenic KY 704 between Columbia and Burkesville, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
Billy Joe Fudge shot this photo of edge trees in fall color on KY 704 between Columbia and Burkesville, KY.

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