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Garden Trivia

True or False: All conifers are evergreen.

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

False. While most conifers are evergreen (like pine, spruce, fir, yew, juniper, and arborvitae), there are several species of deciduous conifers that lose all their needles each fall. Deciduous conifers that can be grown in Iowa include larchbald cypress, and dawn redwood. Even evergreen conifers don’t hold their needles forever and will often drop their inner, oldest needles in the fall. Learn more about the amazing world of common and bizarre conifers in this article from the Arnold Arboretum: Beyond Pine Cones: An Introduction to Gymnosperms
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