Deciduous Forest Plants
Deciduous forest plants are all those plants that lose their leaves in a determined part of the year. Generally, the falling of the leaves happens when fall or winter comes. These trees get their leaves back when spring comes. The seasons for the falling will depend on the region. In botany, this process is called abscission. The plants that pass through this process do it because they don’t need any longer their leaves or because they want to get fertilized. Here are four of the most interesting deciduous forest plants.
- American Beech. You can find American beech in southern and eastern regions of the United States. It’s very easy to recognize an American beech: it’s a tall and wide tree with bright green leaves. It can reach a maximum height of 100 ft. tall and 90 ft. wide, so it’s pretty big. This tree loses their leaves when fall comes. The American Beech is used to made furniture and paper, especially. This type of tree grows in soils with high quantity of nutrients and moisture.
- Lady Fern. Lady Fern is known all across the country since it’s used to decorate houses. They’re beautiful plants. You can find Lady Ferns in deciduous forests of the United States as well as in European and Asian forests. This is a 24 to 36 inches tall plant with a width of 6 to 9 inches. It has light green leaves that are not only used as decoration but they’re also the aliment of various forest animals like the grizzly bear.
- White Birch. The white birch is a deciduous forest plant that grows up to 70 ft. and lives about 140 years. Its leaves have the shape of small hears. This tree is very easy to recognize since it has colored rings around the log, which has a sort of white peel. The white birch grows in cold areas like Canada and the northern region of the United States. It also has been used since the times of Native Americans in order to make tools and boats.
- Pecan. The pecan trees are located in deciduous forest of regions with humid climates such as Texas. This tree is known for having nuts as fruits. It’s a very tall tree since it can reach heights of 180 ft. It also has big leaves with a width of 5 inches and blossoms tiny flowers.