Buds - Buds are organs that contain preformed parts of leaves or needles, flowers, or both. Buds are structures that are made up of embryonic shoots. On some trees, smaller buds form to the sides of larger buds. The smaller buds may remain dormant for several growing periods. Starch is stored behind buds during the end of the growing season. On some trees, smaller buds form to the sides of larger buds. Dormant buds are buds that do not grow at the onset of growth. They may grow later in the growing season period, but seldom beyond a year. Do not confuse with meristematic points. Roots do not form buds, roots grow from meristematic points. Sprouts of stems start from meristematic points.
Stem (reddish) to left of bud, represents a bud that opened. Bud you see in center did not open and remains dormant.
Buds on outside
Buds on inside
Buds - How they open in spring.
More on Buds
See "Meristematic Points"
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