Tree Week // Autumn Foliage
October 25-October 31
Celebrate our tree collection, the trees in your life, and the season when trees’ fall colors take center stage.
In a display that ranges from bright golden yellow to muted copper to deep scarlet, our trees and their fantastic fall foliage take center stage every October. In celebration of our colorful canopy, Tree Week offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Garden’s impressive tree collection.
Fall Color Forecast
Daria McKelvey, Supervisor of Home Gardening Information and Outreach: “More species are starting to turn colors, but drought has caused the leaves to look terrible or the tree has already dropped them. The colors are also very muted, not showing much of the vibrancy some are known for. I’m curious to see how next week shapes up since we’ve had more rain.
If someone wanted to see the greatest amount of fall color in one gardening space, the Japanese garden would be the best spot. Many of the trees and shrubs on Teahouse Island are changing, and if you stand at pebble beach and look behind you, you’ll see several maples in near to full fall color.”
The Missouri Department of Conservation monitors the yearly parade of fall colors throughout the state, and provides weekly updates on the changing leaves and the best places to see them. Click here to see the most recent fall color forecast.
Smoky Mountain National Park provides an interactive map to predict the annual peak of fall foliage across the country. This year, it predicts the peak of St. Louis fall color on the week of October 26.
Get Notified of Peak Fall Colors at the Garden
Virtual Tour of Fall Color
Fall in Photos
Explore the oldest trees in the Garden’s living collection.
Explore the champion trees of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Explore the showiest flowering trees in our living collection.
With more than 5,000 trees to choose from, how can you pick just one that truly stands out?
Nothing beats autumn when it comes to the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage.
Put your canopy comprehension to the test with these 10 questions about tree ID. See if we can leave you stumped!