Does the tree bear cones and have leaves that are needle-like? CLUE:These trees are called CONIFERS (cone-bearing) and most are EVERGREEN (trees with needles or leaves that remain alive and on the tree through the winter and into the next growing season).
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Does the tree have scale-like, or awl-shaped leaves, usually EVERGREEN, sometimes reduced to a thick fleshy stem?
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Does the tree have leaves that are flat and thin and generally shed annually? CLUE:These trees are called BROADLEAF, (a tree with leaves that are flat, thin and generally shed annually) most are DECIDUOUS (shedding all leaves annually) and bear a variety of fruit and flowers.