Hi All, Iâ€™ll try to make this as clear as I can. I understand that temperate trees require a period of â€œrestâ€ over the winter in order to remain healthy. For deciduas trees this involves dropping of leaves and for evergreen itâ€™s â€œchilling outâ€ for a few months (sorry for the pun). Now, I understand the need to shed leaves as a form of waste disposal, but what, from a metabolic stand point, is meant by â€œrestingâ€? Plants donâ€™t strain muscles and organs in the same way as animals. Nor do they use their rest period to regenerate as animals do. So, what essential process is it that takes place during the â€œwinter restâ€ period of temperate trees? Thanks M.