leaf out

phrasal verb

leafed out; leafing out; leafs out
US, of a tree
: to produce leaves
The tree will leaf out in the spring.

Examples of leaf out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West is taking a leaf out of her mom's book. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Other North American native plants that pollinators visit, such as Virginia bluebells, columbine and phlox, have evolved to grow in partial shade as trees leaf out above them. Christina Grozinger, The Conversation, 15 May 2024 Tom Carruth, curator of the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanic Gardens’ extensive rose garden, posted a sweet video on Instagram in late March, explaining that the roses are only now leafing out, in a lovely variety of leaf colors and styles. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 These flowers sprout when sunlight streams onto the forest floor, before the trees leaf out. Daryln Brewer Hoffstot Kristian Thacker, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2024 My standard gardenias are leafing out all along the stems. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 30 Apr. 2023 Most of the trees went from the bud phase to leafing out, without blossoming. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023

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“Leaf out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf%20out. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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