I've been pondering this for a while; If a plant which sheds its leaves perennially is known as 'deciduous', is there a more technical term than 'evergreen' for a plant which does not? From a very young age I could guess/work out that an 'evergreen' was 'green' all the time. However, the term 'deciduous' foxed me until i made it to secondary education. Many people use the term evergreen to describe conifers but not all conifers are evergreen. Likewise, evergreens are not all conifers. Did botanists simply run out of science and technical words in the past? Surely there must be something more technical than 'evergreen'? Then again, perhaps I am wrong..... Please put me out of my misery!