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The denser portion of the xylem formed in the slow, later summer growing period of a tree. Latewood is also called summerwood. The latewood portion of the growth ring is often darker than the early wood region, thus providing good delineation of the rings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

summerwood; bois d'été (Fr.); madera tardía, de verano (Esp.); lenho de Outono (Port.); legno tardivo (It.)