Definition - What does Broadleaf mean?

Broadleaf is a term generally used to describe any plants with leaves that have a wide, flat surface. Such leaves are marked with a distinct network of veins. Such leaves are very distinct compared with other plants with needle-like leaves, blade-shaped or scale-like leaves. The shapes of the leaves on various plants is the way by which they can be categorized.

WineFrog explains Broadleaf

Some examples of broadleaf species are red maple trees, poplar trees, bottlebrush shrubs, sumac shrubs and grapevines. The advantages for broadleaf plants comes during the warm months when the large surface of the leaves make them photosynthesis machines. This produces a lot of food for the plant, and in the case of grapevines, allow for fruit development, balance in the fruit and the secondary bonus of offering shade to the fruit so that it is not exposed to the harmful sun. In the autumn, these leaves often turn a variety of different colors: red, orange and yellow. The leaves finally shed, which is an advantage, as in the winter months the plant would struggle. Thus, a dormant period is necessary for these broadleaf plants.

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