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The World of Northern Evergreens$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801477409

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801477409.001.0001

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Broadleafs Growing among the Conifers

Broadleafs Growing among the Conifers

(p.59) Chapter 5 Broadleafs Growing among the Conifers
The World of Northern Evergreens

E. C. Pielou

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on broadleafs that can be found in northern forests. It considers the trees and shrubs that live in the harsh climate of the true north, not those in the mixed forests of the St. Lawrence valley and southern Great Lakes where climate and soils are hospitable to many broadleafs. The broadleafs play an important part in the coniferous forests. They belong to four genera: the willows (Salix), the poplars (Populus), the birches (Betula), and the alders (Alnus). Shrubs as well as trees of these genera are common in the evergreen forests. All have catkins, which consist of densely packed rows of flowers growing along a short stalk that may be upright or dangling. The individual flowers are tiny and devoid of petals.

Keywords:   coniferous trees, broadleafs, northern forests, coniferous forests, willows, poplars, birches, alders, shrubs, catskins

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