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Many St. Louis-Area Trees Aren’t Changing Colors — Here’s Why

Drives around the St. Louis area have so far been a little less colorful this fall. That’s mainly due to unusual daytime and nighttime temperatures that are preventing chlorophyll from breaking down. The breakdown in chlorophyll causes leaves to lose their green color.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Tom Beshoar, the St. Louis district manager for Davey Tree, a tree and lawn care company. In addition to the color trends, they discussed the unusual amount of stress that trees are experiencing due to a wet spring and dry fall.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.