These are trees that are generally thought of as broadleaf trees and, in the temperate regions, they lose their foliage in the winter. They tend to have broader tops than conifers. Occasionally their trunks will have divided into two or more main leaders. It is not uncommon for lateral limbs to be trunk-like as well. If a deciduous tree has grown in the open, without competition from other trees, it will tend to be broader and to limb out closer to the ground than the same species growing in a densely populated woods.
Broad, fairly open tops are desirable in deciduous trees. Too many small branches in the interior of the tree make rope placement challenging and provide more for ropes and throw lines to hang up in (although this doesn't necessarily disqualify a tree as a good climbing tree).
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