The brilliant fall color change draws a massive audience to the Blue Ridge Parkway every year. Dogwood, sourwood, and blackgum trees turn deep red in late September. Tulip trees and hickories turn bright yellow, sassafras a vivid orange, and red maples a multitude of colors. At the end of the season, oaks add russet and maroon. Throughout the season and never changing are the evergreen trees: Virginia pine, white pine, hemlock, spruce, and fir.