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How Well do You Know the Conifer Tree?

Curious about the beauty of Conifer trees and the fruits they bear? Take is quiz to know all about them!
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The conifer tree belongs to the kingdom Plantae. These are strong and woody plants mostly found in hilly and mountainous regions.
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Conifer trees are conical in shape. Their conical structure enables them to shed snow that accumulates on their leaves.
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The scientific division of Conifer Tree is Pinophyta. It is also known as Coniferophyta.  The term "Conifer"  means "Evergreen Tree".
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Fossil records indicate that the first conifers might have originated in Europe and North America ~310 million years ago, sometime during the middle Pennsylvanian period.
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Conifer Trees have closed seeds. They are classified as Gymnosperms. The term "Gymnosperm" means "Naked seeds" i.e.., the seeds are not enclosed inside any fruit.
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Leaves in certain Conifer plants like fir, pine, and spruce, are pointed and needle shaped and scaly on others like cedar, cypress and juniper.
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The Conifer Plant is Monoecious. Both male and female cones are present in distinct plant parts in the same plant. Male are pollen-bearing cones and female are seed-bearing cones.
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The Conifer Tree needs acidic soil to grow well. The soil must be loamy and well-drained. Moreover, it should also be porous with less moisture-holding capacity .
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It's a common myth that needles dropped from conifer trees lower the soil's pH level and make it more acidic. But that's not true. Conifers grow on acidic soil; they don't make the soil acidic.
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Conifers need cold temperatures to grow and survive. The best time to plant them in your garden is either early spring (between March and May) or early fall (between September and October).
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Coniferous forests are also known as Taiga or boreal forests. The largest one is in North America.
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Conifer Forests provide a large habitat several wildlife species. They also have a huge contribution to annual rainfall. Coniferous trees can take thrice the amount of carbon from the air from tropical forests.
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Conifer trees can be grown by grafting and ripe hard-wood cutting. The Conifer Tree, especially the Pine tree, can grow from harvested female cone seed too.

 Sohini Mallick

Credits
Wes Hicks, Florian Glawogger, Kirill Pershin