Deciduous versus evergreen... what are the advantages of each?

nokiFebruary 2, 2012

Deciduous needles versus evergreen needles... what are the advantages of each for a tree? Disadvantages? In terms of evolution, survival, growth?

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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

I find deciduous conifers very intriguing because they are quite a paradox to anyone who is not experienced with conifers. They think all conifers are evergreens, so it's really cool to get the fall display of deciduous conifers & also impress your novice friends with your "dead evergreen" ;-)

However, evergreen conifers have their benefits as well. For example, if there were no evergreen trees, think how dull your garden would be in the winter--totally barren.

To me, they both have excellent and diverse aspects that they should both be planted in abundance in every garden.
But, then again, this is the conifer forum & I'm biased!

Good question, Noki.

-Sam

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 12:19PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Deciduous conifers planted to the south or west of the house, let the winter light in and provide summer shade. Real important in our damp winter climate.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 1:20PM
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