Video:Hardwood Treeswith Steve Nix
Hardwood trees sound like a category that all trees would fall into. But it isn't. Here's a guide on how to identify a hardwood tree.See Transcript
Definition of a Hardwood TreeHardwoods, or broadleaves, are classed as angiosperms or plants with ovules enclosed for protection in an ovary. When fertilized, these ovules develop into seeds. Broadleaves can be evergreen but most lose their leaves annually. These leaves can be either simple (with single blades) or they can be compound with leaflets attached to a leaf stem. Although variable in shape, all hardwood leaves have a distinct network of fine veins.
Terms for Hardwood TreesThere are several common terms for this major tree category:
- Hardwood – with broad, flat leaves as opposed to coniferous or needled trees. Wood hardness varies among the hardwood species, and some are actually softer than some softwoods.
- Deciduous – perennial plants which are normally leafless for some time during the year.
- Broadleaf – with leaves that are broad, flat and thin and generally shed annually.
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