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What does this mean when they say the plant is Deciduous?



  • Kathy 2Kathy 2 Posts: 109

    It means that the plant loses it's leaves in winter. If they keep the leaves they are evergreens.   image

  • Kathy is right of course.

    Trees/plants are either decidous or coniferous. As Kathy says, decidious trees/plants shed their leaves in autumn. 

    Coniferous trees/plants on the other hand keep theirs all the year round.


  • FloBearFloBear Posts: 2,281

    Strictly speaking conifers drop their leaves/needles all year round, just not all at once. If you live next door to a row of them you can never completely get rid of them ;- )

  • CiaCia Posts: 153

    Oh i see - thank you very much.

    And yes the dreaded the conifers and the mess they leave behind after a strong wind.image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    David K they are not necessarily coniferous, rather evergreen.

  • As  I understand it:

    Coniferous trees bear cones as seed pods.

    Deciduous trees have leaves and shed them in the autumn.

    Coniferous trees have needles, but  never completely shed them. Deciduous trees shed all their leaves and grow new ones in spring.

    Coniferous trees stay green all year round and are known as evergreens.

    Softwood comes from coniferous trees.....hardwood comes from deciduous trees.

    Crikey, haven't done this since I was at school....and you don't wan't to know how long ago that was. image




  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    What about the faraway tree,the money tree,the family tree and and shoe-trees?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,860

    And then there's larches - deciduous conifers image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I live but a couple of miles from Armitage lots of trees hereabouts.  image

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    What about evergreens such as Holly (berries), Rhodies, Laurel, Bay, etc, etc. ?

    Not a cone between them.

    To be technically correct the opposite of deciduous is evergreen not coniferous.

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