Monday, November 03, 2008

Interesting Phenomenon

This past weekend my shrubs were at the peak of their fall color show. The compact burning bush (Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'), with its florescent, hot pink foliage, is especially stunning this year.
However, when viewed from behind (the scene from my office window), you can see that the foliage on the interior of the plant has gone completely white. I don’t remember seeing this happen before. The leaves seem to be fading from the darker, interior areas of the plant out to the edges of the branches.
Has our unseasonably warm weather this autumn allowed the colored foliage to fade without falling? Given enough time, could this plant be completely covered in white foliage?


4 comments:

Aiyana said...

Quite pretty when red. Your questions are probably the answer!
Aiyana

Blackswamp_Girl said...

White? How interesting! I wonder if it's just that the leaves have not yet been blown off, and have lost all of their coloring completely? Whatever the reason, it's a cool effect...

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

The same happened to mine, though not quite as severely. I came back here hoping some one had an answer!

Ours fell of before they became al white.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Well, all of the leaves are long gone now. About a week after these photos were posted we had a hard freeze, and that was the end of them! However, the "white leaf phenomenom" never spread much beyond what you see here. We'll just have to watch what happens next year!

Thanks for all of your comments,
Jocelyn