Definition of understory
1 : an underlying layer of vegetation; specifically : the vegetative layer and especially the trees and shrubs between the forest canopy and the ground cover
2 : the plants that form the understory
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Good air circulation under the tree canopy is said to help and can be accomplished by cutting some of the lower limbs to open up the understory.
When scouting out a viewing spot, Becky recommended a quiet area with an open understory and a dark canopy.
Katuk likes the understory, with dappled shade, but not deep shade.
Brenner chose 21 species of native plants that mimicked the understory of a California redwood forest, mostly because the wall – between the museum and a parking garage structure — gets only about an hour of sun a day.
Trails had to be cut from the dense understory with machetes, pit vipers lurked everywhere and nasty spines that grow on many plants could easily puncture boots and skin.
And the sparrows that flit through the shrubby understory of the woodlands and forage with rustling sounds amid the fallen leaves—the song sparrow and the whitethroat—have also been found among the victims of the sprays.
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