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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Why Does the Leaves Change Color?

By DigbyDalton - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
By DigbyDalton - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The first day of fall is just a few weeks away and soon the leaves will begin to change color.

Do you ever wonder why the leaves change color?

The simple answer is because Chlorophyll breaks down.

Chlorophyll is a pigment that gives plants their green color.

Plants use chlorophyll along with sunlight to get their nutrients.

As the suns rays become less direct and the length of daylight decreases, the leaves stop their food-making process.

The chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears, and the yellow to orange colors become visible and give the leaves a part of their fall splendor.


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