I find myself wishing the grove of Norway maples behind the house would get on with it and drop their leaves. They seem to keep them longer than the local native maples (perhaps they are thinking it still feels quite warm here, compared to, say, Norway?) Partly I’d just like to ensure I have time and daylight to rake the lawn before we get snow. But also, now, I notice that the leaves are stealing our afternoon sun-heat. The sun is ever more oblique, of course, but if the leaf-screen would drop we’d certainly be getting a lot more of it on the roof and south walls.
As I think about the long-term plan of replacing those Norways with some sort of indigenous tree, I now realize I should consider their leaf-drop schedule. Oaks, for example, will be right out.