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evergreen, term commonly used as synonymous with conifer and applied also to all those broad-leaved plants that bear green leaves throughout the year. Of the latter, most are plants of the tropics, subtropics, and other areas where the growing season is prolonged (e.g., New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest of the United States). In colder climates various broad-leaved shrubs (e.g., box, holly, and members of the heath family) are evergreen. Some broadleaf evergreens shed all their leaves for a brief period; the rest lose them continually, producing new leaves as the old ones fall. The term "half-evergreen" is used for deciduous plants with relatively persistent leaves.

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ev·er·green / ˈevərˌgrēn/ • adj. of or denoting a plant that retains green leaves throughout the year: the glossy laurel is hardy and evergreen evergreen shrubs.Often contrasted with deciduous. • n. a plant that retains green leaves throughout the year: evergreens planted to cut off the east wind.

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evergreen Plant that retains its green foliage for a year or more, unlike deciduous plants. Evergreens are divided into two groups: narrow-leaved, or conifers, and broad-leaved. Conifers include fir, spruce, pine and juniper. Among the broad-leaved evergreens are holly and rhododendron. Not all conifers are evergreens; exceptions include the larch (Larix).

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evergreen (Describing) a plant that bears leaves throughout the year, each leaf being shed independently of the others after two or three years. The leaves of evergreens are often reduced or adapted in some way to prevent excessive water loss; examples are the needles of conifers and the leathery waxy leaves of holly. Compare deciduous.

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evergreen Applied to a tree or shrub that has persistent leaves, and whose crown is never wholly bare.

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evergreen Applied to a tree or shrub that has persistent leaves, and whose crown is never wholly bare.

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Evergreen Park, village (1990 pop. 20,874), Cook co., NE Ill., a residential suburb of Chicago; inc. 1893.