It develops the usual colours associated with autumn but holds onto its leaves and the colours get more and more intense as the season progresses.
So for this post I shall regularly take pics of our Liquidamber to illustrate how they change.
The first three photos were taken in October, at which time greens were still bright and frequent amongst the yellows and oranges.
Early in December the colours are richer and not much evidence of green remains.
In mid-December a rim of frost decorated each leaf, emphasising their palmate shape and adding depth to the tints of fire.
By January the leaves are beginning to look dry with browns becoming the commonest colours.
Now in mid-March I would normally be able to enjoy the deepest of red leaves it is possible to imagine and they would be clinging onto their stems until new season leaves force them to release their grip and drop to the ground.
This year this eagerly anticipated redness has failed to appear and the remaining leaves are just crisp and dull brown. Half have already fallen and the others look as if they will soon give up their grip.
Once spring arrives and instigates budburst I shall start taking photos of our Liquidamber once again and follow the progress of its leaves throughout the year.