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Fall brings flaming reds and golden yellows to the gardens.

Japanese Garden

Posted November 6, 2013. Photo by Augie Samaniego/ABQ BioPark.

Each season, the Sasebo Japanese Garden offers something different to visitors. For the last few weeks, the garden has been stunning with fall colors. The red leaves of the dwarf burning bush (Euonymus alatus ‘Compacta’) are complimented by the greens and golds of surrounding foliage.

When temperatures drop, plants prepare for winter by shutting down photosynthesis and dropping leaves. The amount of green chlorophyll in the leaves dissipates, revealing underlying chemicals like glucose and tannins. These chemicals create the orange, red and yellow hues we enjoy every autumn.

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