Have you noticed that some trees seem to hold on to their leaves throughout the winter? We often notice how the golden and coppery colors stand out among the surrounding bare trees or against the backdrop of green conifers. It’s common especially for oaks, American Beech and Witch Hazels.
Now is the perfect time to take notice of which trees and shrubs still have dried leaves or flower corollas clinging on, before the new spring growth casts them off. And because there are a limited variety with this trait, these trees should be fairly easy to identify.
Next time you are out, take notice of the trees and have fun pointing out any marcescent ones you see.