Shedding leaves helps trees and plants save
energy and water. When the weather is too hot the
plants needs its water and when it is too cold the
plant needs its energy to stay warm. Special cells
in the plant actually cut the leaves off like
scissors! Before a plant cuts its leaves off it
will suck up all the nutrients it can from the
leaf first. Usually the first nutrient that is
taken up is chlorophyll, the substance in plants
that makes them green, and without chlorophyll the
leaf will change color to red, orange or gold.
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