Entertainment Why do trees lose their needles and why are they symbols of Christmas?

14:00  21 october  2020
14:00  21 october  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Decorated Christmas trees are one of the most famous symbols of the festive season. Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were known to be very big fans of Christmas ! At first, people used to put their trees on tables, as they were smaller. But when it became possible to get bigger

Have you ever wondered why some trees keep their leaves in winter when all the other leaves fall off? They will drop their leaves when the weather gets cold. Evergreen trees , on the other hand, lose their leaves throughout the They have very strong leaves rolled up tight, like long, thin needles .

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Symbol of Christmas but nightmare of living rooms: once cut the Christmas tree produces ethylene, a plant hormone, at the origin of the loss of needles. Every day, the JDD cheat sheet explains a simple notion to understand the news.

If you have a Christmas tree in your living room, you are probably wondering: when to throw it (no, not out the window like in the picture)? Especially if the conifers are known not to lose their needles, it is surely not the case of yours which must start to look gray (yes, some species like the Nordmann are more resistant).

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If trees won’t shed their leaves off, the water in the leaves will freeze thereby forcing the cells in the leaves to eat them from inside using the lysosomes. Another reason for deciduous trees shedding their leaves off is to protect themselves from harm. No leaves mean less surface area on which ice

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Researchers at the University of Laval in Quebec have discovered that ethylene, a plant hormone, is the cause of needle abscission in many species. However, the tree produces, exponentially, ten days after being cut. In the meantime, there are a few tips if you want to keep it a little longer: make it have a water tank and don't place it next to a heat source.

A symbol of Christmas

By the way, since we are talking about it: why has the tree become the symbol of Christmas? The Celts associated a tree with each lunar month, spruce being that of December 24. Christianity will then take up this tradition. In France, it is mentioned for the first time in Alsace in the 1500s.

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In 1738, the Polish wife of Louis XV, Marie Leszczynska, had a Christmas tree installed in Versailles. In 1837, it was the daughter-in-law of King Louis-Philippe, Hélène de Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who had a tree decorated at the Tuileries.

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