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Do Apple Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Winter?

Updated February 21, 2017

Each fall and into winter, apple trees lose their leaves until the following spring. In spring, the tree produces brand new leaves that will stay on the tree through the summer and into the fall.

Description

All apple trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves every year. The leaves usually turn yellow or brown right after the fruit matures and fall completely off the tree by the start of winter. The trees go into a dormant stage during winter, meaning that no new growth occurs during the cold season.

Cleanup

To prevent pests from overwintering on the ground under your apple trees, rake up dead, fallen leaves and properly dispose of them. Removing rotting fruit lying under the tree keeps pests from using the fruit as a place to overwinter.

Budding

In mid to late March, apple trees start producing leaf buds as they come out of the dormant stage. The buds turn into new leaves that stay on the tree the rest of the summer and into fall.

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Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.