Why are new leaves brighter green?

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    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    This is a chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) in northern New Mexico, USA.
     

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    allelopath Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, nothing wrong. I see this in more than just this species, too.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Some plants produce red/brown new leaves with no chlorophyll at first - it has been suggested this is to fool herbivores into thinking that the tender new leaves they are looking at, are dead leaves not worth eating.
     
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