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Yellow Evergreens????

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 21 March 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

These trees were spotted in Door County, Wisconsin in late October of last year. I kept thinking these were evergreens, but they wouldn't turn yellow.

Could this be a type of cypress tree? If you know the answer, please share your knowledge!

Photo captured on October 25, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 200 105 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful splash of colour

21 Mar 2013 7:43am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fascinating capture indeed. I have seen ornamental cypress with a yellow foliage - but not nearly as vibrant as this colouring.

21 Mar 2013 8:36am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I wish I was an expert on nature, but I'm not. Great shot of the colours mate.

21 Mar 2013 8:55am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb colors !!

21 Mar 2013 10:33am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Cypress do indeed turn, so they could be some type of cypress. The ones around here go more reddish than yellow though. Do you think that if they were evergreens, that they may have been stressed. Regardless, it's a wonderfully vibrant shot.

21 Mar 2013 11:11am

HARRY OCONNOR from Apex NC, United States

Excellent fall color, though I hope it does not indicate ill health for the evergreens.

21 Mar 2013 11:13am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

It does give the illusion that they are evergreens turning yellow, wonderful picture !~

21 Mar 2013 1:48pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very handsome fall colours indeed ...
the trees are too far away to see clearly, but couldn't they be larches? in the european alps, larches (which are conifers) turn a bright golden yellow in fall before they lose all their needles, only to sprout new, bright green ones again in spring.

21 Mar 2013 3:26pm

@franz: Thank you sooooo much for identifying the tree for me!

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Hmm, a beautiful shot, but I would highly doubt stress has brought about these brilliant colors. I wonder if Franz is on to something.

21 Mar 2013 4:16pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

We saw something similar in VErmont but the trees were pine..Un vermont it was attributed to a very hot sommer but I think Maybe Franz has it here or if not it could be a pest of some sort...

21 Mar 2013 4:19pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States


21 Mar 2013 5:18pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful golden fall colors ... I've seen these trees here in the Northeast; but I don't know what type.

21 Mar 2013 7:37pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Can't help. Besides, the trees have a gorgeous color. Very beautiful.

21 Mar 2013 7:54pm

Mohammad/N from shiraz, Iran

beautiful backgrand
so colorful shot whit a nice little fgrand

21 Mar 2013 8:15pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Beautiful landscape with nice golden colors!

21 Mar 2013 8:54pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really stunning colours, nice image

21 Mar 2013 9:12pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

There are indeed cypress trees that change their colour, but lots of other conifers do, too (larches, for example). Some more details would be helpful.

21 Mar 2013 9:36pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Whatever type of tree, they are just gorgeous. The color is spectacular! Beautiful image.

22 Mar 2013 12:18am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

we have them here in oregon, but i can't remember what they are called

22 Mar 2013 12:31am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

I waited for my husband to come home before I commented Steven, he's a horticulturist and he says they are Larches. Beautiful Fall colors... but I am glad that Spring is here.... warm weather would be very nice too!! :)

22 Mar 2013 12:36am

@Carol: Thank you, Carol!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful color contrasting with the green, whatever they are.

22 Mar 2013 2:39am

Michael Rawluk from Canada

I was thinking larch (we some around here) and read the comments which confirms my thought.

Very nice shot. Great colours.

22 Mar 2013 4:51am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante couleurs

22 Mar 2013 8:33am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

They look like larch whose needles turn this color before they drop. They are deciduous conifers. We have them here in the mountains.

22 Mar 2013 6:24pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I see franz has come up with the answer; beautiful shot of these colorful trees !

22 Mar 2013 10:56pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Ausgezeichnete Herbstfarben.

23 Mar 2013 3:18pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

At first I thought yellow Evergreens!? I saw Franz's answer Enlightening so thanks for that ! And the colors do look really pretty in this image.

24 Mar 2013 1:05am