The leaf scars prove last year's success, and give way to buds for this Spring.
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Just a note: a leaf scar is the mark left on a stem after the leaf falls, and it often has a definite shape or pattern to it. If it's winter where you are, take a look at some deciduous trees!
Chestnut tree buds
This original 8x10 drawing is available.
(watercolour and coloured pencils on paper)