Here at Budburst, we divide our plant species into five groups: Wildflowers and Herbs, Deciduous Trees and Shrubs, Broadleaf Evergreens, Conifers, and Grasses. One important thing to consider: Budburst plant groups are determined by the similarity of phenological stages, not necessarily their botanic family. Below, you'll find a quick overview of each group, as well as a link to download their corresponding phenology observation sheet.
Wildflowers & Herbs
Wildflowers and herbs are non-woody, flowering plants. These may be plants in a garden, or they could thrive on their own in the wild.
Deciduous Trees & Shrubs
Deciduous trees and shrubs are woody plants that shed their leaves at the end of the growing season, usually in the winter. Deciduous trees are generally defined as woody, self-supporting perennial plants that have a single main stem (trunk) and grow to more than 20 feet tall.
Broadleaf evergreens include both herbaceous and woody species that maintain green leaves year-round. Examples include magnolias, wax myrtle, holly, and live oaks.
Conifers are woody trees and shrubs that produce cones rather than flowers. Examples of conifers include pines, spruces, and firs.
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