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Types of tree

conifer

noun

a type of tree that produces cones and whose leaves do not fall off in winter. Pines, firs, and yews are conifers.

coniferous

adjective

a coniferous tree produces cones and its leaves do not fall off in winter

deciduous

adjective

deciduous trees lose all their leaves each autumn. Trees that keep their leaves all year round are called evergreen.

espalier

noun

a fruit tree or bush that grows flat against a wall on a frame

evergreen

noun

a tree or plant that does not lose its leaves in winter

evergreen

adjective

covered in green leaves all year long, not only in summer

lumber

noun

timber

pollard

noun

a tree that has had its top and lower branches cut off in order to encourage new growth

sapling

noun

a young tree

softwood

noun

a tree that has this type of wood

thorn

noun

a bush or tree with a lot of thorns on it

timber

noun

the trees used for producing timber

espaliered

adjective

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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