The winter rest of coniferous forests

The inhabitants of coniferous forests all have their own ways of spending winter. While deciduous trees shed their foliage, conifers keep their needle-like leaves all winter. Thus, while both deciduous trees and conifers prepare for winter by storing starch in their trunks and roots and concentrating their cell sap until it becomes frost-resistant, conifers have the advantage of being able to start growing and photosynthesising immediately once conditions become favourable again.