Local residents can expect to see leaves on trees by end of April

Hampden County

We are still pretty brown across western Massachusetts, and a good part of that lackluster landscape is due to the fact we have no leaves on the trees yet.

And, according to the City of Springfield’s Forester Alex Sherman, we might have to wait until the end of the month to see any.

“So here in Massachusetts were probably looking at the end of April,” Sherman said. “I think we’ll start to see a lot of the trees pushing leaves. And probably by early to mid-May, I think we’ll be looking pretty good with full leaf.”

This year could be a few days later than when we normally start greening up because of the cool start to spring. Some trees respond more to temperature, while others respond to the increase in daylight.

The cornelian cherry dogwood is already flowering, and we’ll soon start to see leaves on red and silver maples.

We’ll have to wait even longer in the season to start seeing ash and oak trees producing leaves.

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