Deciduous trees and shrubs shed their leaves over a part of the year, usually winter. They tree or shrub enters its dormancy period by shedding leaves which form part of the photsynthesis process as it does not have the same need for energy and food when dormant.

The ability of deciduous trees and shrubs to shed leaves during a prolonged summer drought reduces their water requirements. This helps them to cope with the stressful environment.

One of the visual benefits of deciduous plants is the wonderful autumn display of many trees as their foliage changes colour before falling.

autumn leaves hanging on a line, Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash, autumn gardens, fall colour


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