Broad-leaved tree

A broad-leaved, broad-leaf, or broadleaf tree is any tree which has flat leaves and produces seeds inside of fruits. It is one of two general types of trees; the other type is a conifer, a tree with needle-like or scale-like leaves and seeds borne in woody cones.[1] Broad-leaved trees are sometimes known as hardwoods.[2]

Most deciduous trees are broad-leaved, but some are coniferous,[3] like Larches.



  1. Dichotomous Key. Common Trees of the Pacific Northwest. College of Forestry, Oregon State University.
  2. Broadleaved Trees: Unsung Component of British Columbia's Forests. University of British Columbia.
  3. Lee, S. and A. Raflo. Trees and Water. Virginia Water Resources Research Center. Virginia Tech.

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