KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | October 2017

Fun Facts: Fall Leaves!

  • The word “fall,” dating from Elizabethan England, relates to falling leaves. However, this term is now more common in North America than in England.

 

  • In Japanese two words are used for autumn leaves: “koyo” and “momiji.”

 

  • Speaking of Japan, tempura-battered maple leaves are a food specialty this time of year.

 

  • Did you know sick trees change color and drop their leaves earlier than healthier trees of the same species?

 

  • The color of the leaf is determined by species of the tree.

 

  • The best-colored leaves tend to be seen after a series of warm, summery days followed by a dip to chillier fall days.

 

  • Pretty-colored leaves eventually turn brown because of a substance called “tannin.”

 

Fallen leaves in a forest protect tree seeds in the winter so they can germinate in the spring.

 

Carotene turns leaves orange. It also makes carrots orange!

 

Dropping leaves gives trees a break from photosynthesis, which takes a lot of energy from the trees.