frost ring

frost ring

[′frȯst ‚riŋ]
(botany)
A false annual growth ring in the trunk of a tree due to out-of-season defoliation by frost and subsequent regrowth of foliage.
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A dendrochronologist must be able to read micro-rings just two cells wide, false rings embedded in a single annual ring, fuzzy ring boundaries in tropical trees, missing rings, pinched rings that are missing part of their circumference, frost rings formed from freezing temperatures during the growing season, and fire scars that lack telltale charcoal.
Also, Taylor found no frost rings, the telltale signs of freezing conditions.