Is the word (red) in this sentence an adjective modifying the noun (leaves)

Or (red) is a common noun functions as an object complement. ?

Pigments turn the leaves red.

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Pigments turn the leaves red.

No, red is not a noun in your example. It is an object complement functioning as adjective modifying the noun leaves.

Wikipedia has an example very similar to yours.

She painted the barn red. – Adjective as object complement

[A]n object complement is a predicative expression that follows a direct object of an attributive ditransitive verb or resultative verb and that complements the direct object of the sentence by describing it.

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