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Oak Leaves (Marcescence)

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From: R Pouzar
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Galena, IL
What is the evolutionary benefit of oak trees retaining their leaves through the winter, rather than dropping them in the fall?

 
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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
jhayek@illinois.edu
Excellent question regarding "marcescence."

Here is some background and theories regarding this phenomenon:

http://northernwoodlands.org/articles/article/why-do-some-leaves-persist-on-beech-and-oak-trees-well-into-winter

 
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