Why don't some trees lose their leaves in the fall?

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As the weather begins to get colder in the fall, you may notice the leaves on the trees outside changing color and dropping to the ground. But what about the trees that stay green and leafy, even during the winter?   

These special trees, which include pines, cedars, spruces, and firs, are called evergreen trees. Their leaves are able to stay on the branches in the winter because they have special protection from the cold!

Often thin like needles, evergreen leaves are covered with a thick wax, and their insides hold materials that help them not to freeze. There’s no need for evergreens to shed their leaves, because these leaves are strong enough to survive the chill of winter. Some may even continue to make food at a slower pace during this cold time!

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    Did you know that plants use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide from the air to make their own food, and that this food is made in the leaves?! Non-evergreen trees drop their leaves because they are not hearty enough to survive the cold temperatures of winter, and there is not enough sunlight and water during this season for the leaves to continue making food! These trees rest during the winter while surviving off their stored food supply.

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