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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

March 17, 2008
10:02 PM

Post #4675804

Concerning filling in the information about a particular plant in PF;

As my native language is not English, I was wondering if the term 'deciduous' also applies for plants that goes dormant during summertime..
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


March 17, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4676064

It simply means a perennial plant that sheds its leaves for part of the year as opposed to evergreen which may go dormant but retains its leaves.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 18, 2008
7:48 AM

Post #4677486

Deciduous would cover plants that lose their leaves in the summer or in a dry season. The California Buckeye loses its leaves in summer: http://www.calfloranursery.com/pages_plants/pages_a/aescal.html
Basically deciduous means the leaves do not persist and it is not evergreen.
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2008
7:52 AM

Post #4677491

Thank you Farmerdill and Growin, it's perfectly clear now!

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


March 18, 2008
7:56 AM

Post #4677494

A note in the comments about when the plant loses its leaves would also help. :-)
bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2008
8:56 AM

Post #4677526

Yes, I've been thinking about that too...

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 18, 2008
9:23 AM

Post #4677540

[quote]A note in the comments about when the plant loses its leaves would also help[/quote]
Yep - a lot of tropical plants are dry-season deciduous.

Resin


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