CONIFEROUS VS. DECIDUOUS
What are the key differences between coniferous trees and deciduous trees? One of the most obvious differences is that conifers grow needles and deciduous grow leaves, there are a few exceptions to this generalization but for the most part, this is true. Here are some other key differences between the two types of trees.
1. Conifers – coniferous trees are usually evergreen, meaning they don’t change color or lose they’re needles in the winter. They slowly replace their needles throughout the year, instead of just dropping them all at once. They also are cone bearing trees, which is what they use for seeds. The needles are less attractive to insects and don’t get eaten very often, which works to their advantage. They’re also usually found in places that get less water and can survive in poorer soil conditions.
2. Deciduous – These trees generally lose all their leaves in fall and go dormant in winter. During dormancy they require very little nutrition or sunlight. Interestingly enough, the bark of most deciduous trees can photosynthesize, because it has some amount of chlorophyll in it. So during the winter months they can gather what little sunlight they need without needing leaves. During spring when they regrow and re-blossom they need a lot of energy. Because of this, deciduous trees are more commonly found in areas with access to more water and sunlight in order to obtain this energy in spring.
One of the key differences to consider when planting your own trees is to determine how much water and sunlight will the tree have access to. If your planting in a shadier spot that doesn’t get as much water, it might be wiser to plant a coniferous tree there, while a deciduous tree will do better in a sunny location.
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