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Understory trees are often shaded from the light by their taller brethren, the overstory tree. In the forest the understory is often young saplings, but there are understory specialist that often evolved to be able to use wavelengths that canopy plants cannot. Some leaf out before the canopy trees to take advantage of that sun light. Many of these trees have been cultivated to be small trees for the landscape that are shade tolerant. Share with us your favorite smaller tree, even if it is not strictly an understory tree, perhaps anything less than 60 feet.