Excurrent habit

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1. The cone-shaped form typical of many conifers and a few angiosperms with a clearly identified central leader and growing point at the top of the plant.

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This image compares a tree with an excurrent growth habit and one without.
Source: http://sres-associated.anu.edu.au/mensuration/totalhgt.htm