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Backyard Gardener: A look at conifer leaves

Conifer leaves have varying lifespans and change from juvenile to mature forms sometimes experiencing a second childhood. Ponderosa Pines lose their oldest needles in fall (left, Jeff Schalau, University of Arizona). Alligator junipers have “scale-like leaves” (upper right, Jeff Schalau, University of Arizona). Mondell Pine displaying both mature (green) and juvenile (gray) foliage (lower right, photo from Master Gardener Help Desk client).

Conifer leaves have varying lifespans and change from juvenile to mature forms sometimes experiencing a second childhood. Ponderosa Pines lose their oldest needles in fall (left, Jeff Schalau, University of Arizona). Alligator junipers have “scale-like leaves” (upper right, Jeff Schalau, University of Arizona). Mondell Pine displaying both mature (green) and juvenile (gray) foliage (lower right, photo from Master Gardener Help Desk client).

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