In winter, where I live in the Northeast United States, many trees take a winter nap. Before they go into their hibernation, the tree cuts off nutrition to its leaves. They die and fall off. Usually.
But not always.
Sunday, we took a walk on the local Vestal Rail Trail. Along the walking path, contrasted against the white snow at the bottom, the blue sky (rare where we live at this time of year), and the hill behind it, a tree stood. Its leaves are brown and long dead but the leaves hang on. In fact, they will hang on until spring.
There's a reason for this: Marcescence. This is an explanation of why this happens.
Oaks (which I think this tree is) are one of several trees that will do this.
Joining Parul at Happiness and Food for her #ThursdayTreeLove. Why not check out trees and bloggers from all over the world?