What is Deciduous? -Deciduous is the shedding of a tree's leaves. They tend to fall off during its maturity. Deciduous trees grow during cold winters and warm summers. They lose their leaves in very cold or warm seasons.
These creatures are categorized together because they are seed producing plants and they lose their leaves in the fall. Species that belong in the deciduous group are Pacific Dogwood, Douglas Maple, Vine Maple, and many more that we will talk about specifically. Their close relatives are any seed producing plants or flowering plants like the Daisy family, Cactus, and Rosaceae. Deciduous trees are widely spaced and large woody plants. Their leaves fall during really cold and dry seasons. Forests need deciduous trees because they provide additional shelter for animals, and they provide oxygen. The food chain consists of producers, consumers, and decomposers. The green plants are the primary producers. Trees and other plants turn energy into plants food. Animals are consumers (plants eating animals) which lead to tertiary consumers who are predators. And then there are decomposers who then feed off of organic dead matter. These tress provide for a wide range of plant eating animals and wildlife. While others live among or beneath it, they also provide shelter for animals such as microorganisms, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Symbiotic Relationships: Commensalism : One organism benefits while the other is neither harmed nor hurt. Northern Cardinal and Oak tree: Birds' nests in the tree and neither harmed or hurt in the process. Trees also provide shelter for the squirrels. Parasitism : Humans may cut down the tree and while it at benefit them, the tree is not cut down and gone.
Uses: Deciduous trees are often used for different materials both traditionally and modernly. They have tough and pliable wood that makes them exceptional for the manufacturing of furniture and various tools. Traditional examples are snowshoes, frames, cooking tools. Modern, they could be used as musical instrument and an ornamental tree because of its various bright colours during autumn. The inner bark of deciduous trees are also very useful as it could be used to create ropes and mats. It has very unique and different uses of specific trees (Gallery)
What would Byrne Creek forest look like if deciduous trees were removed? In Canada, Douglas Maple can be found throughout most of British Columbia, and Big Leaf Maple is found in the southwest corner of BC which includes our area of Byrne Creek forest. Since Byrne Creek forest consists of several deciduous trees, it would mostly look empty without them. There wouldn't be any leaves falling on the ground, nor would there be a variation of colours in the change of seasons.
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