In Australia, do leaves fall off the trees in Autumn?

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In Australia do the leaves fall off the tree’s in Autumn? A question I’d often pondered, sweeping up the leaves in our back garden during a chilly autumnal afternoon back in Blighty.

Well, Autumn is finally here, and I’m happy to confirm that the leaves are indeed, starting to go brown and fall off the trees.

Although its officially Autumn, its still warmer then the average British summer (still averaging high 20′s, early thirties every day) and this got me thinking; how the hell do the tree’s know its Autumn?

Do they think (if tree’s could think)..brrrrrrrr, 25 degree’s, getting a little chilly..time to drop some leaves?

More interestingly, if you picked up an English Oak tree from some country park in Yorkshire and plonked it down in the middle of Perth, would it get confused? Would it think it was Spring and start to grow it’s leaves whilst the rest of the tree’s dropped theirs?

Sure, all theoretical (and slightly crazy questions) but hey, it makes you wonder. :)

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