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Definition – What is the meaning of Canopy?

In horticulture, a canopy is described as the highest part of trees, or branches of the trees, in a forest, forming a more or less and endless layer of foliage. A canopy is the highest layer of bioactivity in a forest environment.

A canopy can also denote to the percentage of a plant community located above ground created by the crowns of individual plants. Within the garden, the canopy is where you will most likely find both the fruits of plants, as well as the insects that prey on those fruits and the plants’ leaves. Therefore, the canopy can also describe a physical structure elevated to give shade or to block rainfall or other precipitation in a particular setting.

Canopy explained by Bud Bionics

Canopy can be applied to a large range of environments in which plant crowns are close to one another. Typically canopies in tropical rainforests, but also in deciduous forests and even located in home gardens.

Within the natural world, most animal and insect life are actually found in the canopy reign, there usually not found on or near the ground. Usually, up to 90% of all life in a forest can be found in the higher locations of the environment.

Pertaining to gardening, the canopy is the summit of the seven layers. It is the apex area where biodiversity is found, and is a typical expression that is applied to plants like corn, fruit trees, and even shade trees and trees within a wooded area of the plot.

This idea also holds true in forest horticulture, with a means that depends on the use of canopy trees interspersed with ground cover and fruit-bearing plants to allow shade, ascending possibilities for vines, and protection for wildlife. In this sense, existing shade trees can be utilized, or a forest garden can be started from nothing with seedling shade trees planted and given the opportunity to mature over the course of years and decades.

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