Temperate evergreen forest
An evergreen forest is a type of temperate forest. It is characterised by clusters of evergreen trees in temperate areas with warm summers and mild winters. Often, the soil in these forests is poor in nutrients.
Evergreen forests, evidence of adaptation
These forests therefore show how an arborescent plant community can adapt to conditions of hydric stress and low availability of nutrients: evergreen organisms (conifers, green oak, boxwood…) are generally more resistant to drought and use resources more sparingly.
Constitution of evergreen forests
Temperate evergreen forests can be exclusively composed of conifers or mixed, with a combination of conifers, evergreen species and deciduous species. These forests constitute an area of transition between the temperate deciduous forests in the south and the taigas in the north.
The pine forest in the Landes region in France, is an example of a temperate evergreen forest. © Patrick Mayon CC by-nc-nd 2.0
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