The Chemistry of the Colours of Autumn Leaves


The air is turning colder and with it the leaves are beginning to display their magical ability to transform themselves from one beautiful colour to the next. But have you ever wondered what exactly it is that causes the dramatic transformation? Well Compound Interest has put together a lovely infographic that explains it.

With autumn looming on the horizon, the leaves on some trees have already begun the transition towards the vibrant hues of autumn. Whilst this change may outwardly seem like a simple one, the many vivid colours are a result of a range of chemical compounds, a selection of which are detailed here.

The Chemistry of the Colours of Autumn Leaves

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You can fine out more about each of the chemicals responsible on the Compound Interest website.

* Via io9.