The deciduous trees on your property – the maples, the ashes, the oaks, etc. – obviously make it through every winter. They are, after all, still standing in your yard! But in winter, they lose much of their majesty, especially when you compare those barren branches to coniferous trees like firs and spruces. How do they make it through winter so… naked?
Deciduous trees have evolved to survive the extreme cold, snow, and ice of a Canadian winter by undergoing the plant version of hibernation: dormancy. It all starts in the fall when the leaves begin to change colour and fall off.