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SPARKLING PINE TREE BRANCHES & PINE CONES ON WINTER WHITE
Ever wonder why a pine tree has needles not leaves? What about the purpose they serve?
Pine needles vary in shape and size while their purpose remains the same. Pine trees are coniferous evergreen which means they stay green year round and do not lose their needles.
Pine needles have thicker outer coating known as “skin” when compared to leaves as well a thick layer of wax for added protection. With less surface area, thicker skin and a waxy coating pine needles do not let as much water evaporate as leaves. In dry climates and cold winter months pine trees survive because of its water conservation.
After pine needles fall to the ground they serve even more purposes than just helping the tree survive. Freshly fallen pine needles will naturally interlock and creates a natural mat (or barrier) that prohibits weed growth, prevents soil erosion, disperses nutrients back into the soil and more.
Neat Facts about Pine Needles:
Each pine tree grows thousands of needles in its life cycle.
Pine needles can stay on a tree for up to 5 years. Most fall off when they reach maturity.