Who can help me understand what is happening with my salal and oregon grape friends?
Both samples taken within ~30’ of one another in a (recovering) highly disturbed, mostly shaded site – approx. 750’ elevation, rocky soil, on SE end of Olympic peninsula, WA.
All photos are front & back of 4 leaves total, from 4 separate plants (2 Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, and 2 Salal, Gaultheria shallon), and I attempted back-lighting on some of them to show the interior stuff a little better. The images do not do justice to the range of colors - everything from metallic grey (appearing almost like paint) to bronze, brown, black, off-white with dark speckles, pukey green-red mixture to bright crimson. (One o.g. plant had 2 branches that were completely bright crimson - similar to what I’ve seen in the winter, but the rest of the plant and her neighbors were green). Didn’t have a camera with me so had to settle for bringing leaves home to investigate. The samples were about 4 hours old when photographed.
Would be grateful for your insights!