Almost all trees in cove forests are deciduous - that is, they drop their leaves in the fall and produce new ones in spring. The Canada hemlock, in contrast, is an evergreen - it retains its needle-like leaves year round. Its dense foliage provides shelter for many wildlife species and its seeds provide food for birds and rodents. This slow-growing tree may live 800 years or more.
Canada Hemlock | The Cove Forest
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