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conifer

any GYMNOSPERM tree or shrub of the group Coniferae, including pines and spruces, which are more northerly forms, and cedars, yews and larches, which are the more temperate forms. Most are tall, forest trees, usually evergreen, but some, e.g. larches, are deciduous. Many have needle-shaped leaves. Usually they are MONOECIOUS, possessing separate male and female cones.
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Wilding conifers are a major threat to our ecosystems, native landscapes and farms.
Conifers can work as a backdrop, standalone, or in a border with other plants, from making effective screening to creating the perfect background for flower borders or accents in rock gardens.
Fire suppression helps to create conditions that allow conifers to sprout and mature among oaks, as in this woodland in Redwood National Park.
Despite being criticised for their funereal aspect, conifers are best appreciated in winter, exuding a warmth rarely felt in summer when generally seen as providing background for the more vibrant show produced by fresh-leaved oaks, beeches, and maples.
In fact, most conifers are actually slow growing, such as Thuja Rheingold or Juniperus Bluestar, which is why they have been in ornamental gardens for time immemorial.
London, December 14 ( ANI ): New research has shown that the genome of conifers like spruce, pine and fir has remained virtually unchanged over the last 100 million years.
The book begins with a description of the conifers in terms of classification, distribution, ecology, fossil history, and phylogenetics.
Conifers also keep their seeds in cones instead of in flowers.
A lengthy essay introduces each genera; there are also introductory essays on classification, names, conifers in nature and the garden, morphology, paleobotany and evolution, identification, and seed plants.