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Layers of the Deciduous Forest

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There are five layers or strata or zones in the deciduous forests, in both above ground and underground sectors.

Underground Layers
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  • Ground Layer - You can find lichens and mosses
  • Herb Layer - You can find short plants
  • Shrub Layer - You can find shrubs, such as azaleas and mountain laurels
  • Small Tree or Sapling Layer - You can find short and young trees
  • Tree Layer or Stratum - Tallest layer, is 60 to 100 feet high. You can find large oaks, maple trees, and chestnut.