Leaves on some Nova Scotia trees are changing colour and falling this week, and tropical storm Arthur is likely to blame.
People on the Eastern Shore and in Scots Bay noticed browning leaves after the storm blew a huge amount of salt onto the land, but didn’t provide much rain to rinse them.
Gardening expert Marjorie Willison says that's likely what happened.
“Imagine how shrivelled up we get when we're in salt water for any length of time. While the tree leaves actually dry out, the salt pulls the moisture out of the leaves,” she said.
The dry summer has further weakened the leaves, she said.
“The plants have been stressed not only with the salt, but also a shortage of moisture in the soils.”
Dr. Tim Fedak of the Fundy Geological Museum tweeted his interpretation of what happened to the dying leaves in Parrsboro.
@CBCNS -leaf damage from Arthur likely from wind bruising young leaves, not salt. Trees in Parrsboro are brown on windward side— TJ Fedak (@FundyGeo) July 17, 2014
Eastern Passage residents Myrna Noble and Dorothy Phillips both spotted the spotted leaves after the storm.
“My husband and I were sitting on the porch and I remarked to him, 'Look, the leaves are turning brown.' He says, 'No, no, no,' but they did, they turned brown and now they're on the ground, dead,” Noble said.
Her lawn is covered in dead leaves, prompting early thoughts of raking.
“The lawn is pretty well full of them. It's not only mine, it's the trees across the road and all around the area,” Noble added.
Phillips’s plants are also brown.
“They were beautiful to look at. Now it looks like a fall day,” she said.
Scots Bay on the Fundy shore is also looking like early autumn.
Wilson says people can counter the effects by watering plants after a salty event. She expects the trees will bloom as usual next spring.