Enjoy these twelve, scientifically-accurate, fantastically fun festive facts!
Boughs of holly
Did you know that not all holly leaves are prickly? Yes, a holly plant can be made up of both smooth and prickly leaves – due to being eaten by herbivores, such as wild goats and deer, holly leaves can change their leaf shape and size (this is called heterophylly), to make themselves pricklier and deter from being devoured! 1,2
The smell of pine
Alpha and beta pinene, limonene, and bornyl acetate are chemical compounds known as terpenes that contribute to the smell of pine, spruce, and fir trees! 3
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