from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Young, usually soft wood that lies directly beneath the bark and develops in early spring.
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- n. The wood in a tree's growth ring formed earlier in the growing season, when growth is more rapid, thus composed of wider elements and usually lighter in colour.
The enormous pressure easily erodes the soft springwood that's between the darker bands of summerwood.
Shifts in precipitation patterns can just as easily inhibit springwood if summer drought conditions begin a few weeks earlier than they used to.
This might explain one reason (besides moisture) why trees grow so fast in the spring–the stored sucrose is rapidly assimilated (springwood).
The early wood (springwood) formed during the growth period has large cells, while in the dry season the late wood (summerwood) grows more slowly, has thicker cell walls and smaller apertures, forming a narrower, denser and darker ring, which gives the tree structural strength.
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