This is a deciduous ash tree. The part of the tree with all the leaves is called the ‘crown’.
Now look at this picture of evergreen trees. Look at their crowns.
A deciduous tree has leaves which come in many shapes and sizes.
The leaves of evergreen trees are often called ‘needles’.
The leaves of ‘deciduous’ trees change color in the autumn. The leaves change color when the weather becomes colder.
By the start of winter all the leaves have dropped off the trees.
The leaves act like a blanket.The leaves keep the roots of the tree warm in winter.
After the leaves fall to the ground they rot away.
The rotten leaves give extra food to the roots of the tree. This extra food keeps the tree healthy.
The leaves also give animals a place to hide…
…and hedgehogs somewhere to hibernate. This hedgehog is looking in the leaves for somewhere warm to sleep in winter.
She will remain asleep in her blanket of leaves between November and March.
This is what evergreen trees look like in autumn.
These are deciduous trees in winter.
These are evergreen trees in winter.
In spring you can see small leaves on deciduous trees. Small leaves become big leaves by the summer.
In late spring many deciduous trees grow flowers.These are the flowers you see on a horse chest nut tree.
Now watch this video of how a deciduous tree changes through the seasons.
In spring evergreen trees look the same as they looked like in all other seasons… but if you look very closely you just might see some pine cones growing…
Cones start to grow on pine trees in spring. Sometimes they stay on the tree for three years before they fall off.
Pine cones come in many different shapes and sizes.