Since conifers and other broadleaf plants are evergreen, they require more frequent waterings, since they are using more energy than deciduous trees. Although evergreens are not actively growing during winter they still use water to maintain life functions.
I would imagine that they (deciduous trees) use less energy on balance because they are not using energy from the sun for the entire time that their branches are bare. I wouldn’t imagine that the energy required to grow new leaves at the beginning of spring is greater than the forgone energy from the winter.
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