Follow these instructions to make your own autumn leaf display and learn how to preserve leaves.

You will need

  • an old magazine.

What to do

  1. Collect fallen leaves, or take them from the tree. Choose healthy-looking, undamaged leaves that don’t have insect-chewed edges or blackish spots. For more variety, take a few leaves at different colour stages from each tree. Try to handle the leaves only by the stem to avoid damaging them.
  2. Slide the leaves in between the magazine pages. Once you get home, you can transfer them into a home-made leaf press to preserve them.

Autumn leaves  © CSIRO, Willem van Aken

What's happening

Australia has only one species of native deciduous tree that loses its leaves in winter. It's called deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii), but is better known as the fagus.

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