Subtle art of cypress senescence

Cypress needles don’t fall off overnight,

Nor, for that matter, even just turn brown.

Cypress in late September

And it starts earlier than you might think.

Already in September I can see the cypress turning a deeper and flatter shade of green, more reminiscent of a matte finish in painting terms, a stark contrast to their emerald glow and semi-gloss shine of spring.

In terms of a timeline,

It isn’t until after Thanksgiving they fall off.

Same dome in early January

Usually with the help of a good cold front or two moving through.

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