The term ‘Deciduous” means “shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season”. This means that in autumn, the leaves of deciduous trees will start falling until the tree is bare, and it will remain so until new leaves start to emerge in the spring.
There are many reasons for selecting a deciduous specimen as oposed to an evergreen. The primary one is that if the tree is planted in an area where you wish to have summer shade and winter sun, then the habit that a deciduous tree has of shedding its leaves is perfect. So if you want shade over your outdoor entertaining area to protect you from the harsh summer sun, but in that same area you want the warmth of the winter sun to penetrate, then you must choose a deciduous specimen.
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Another reason is that deciduous trees bring the ‘wow’ factor in the autumn with their exquisite displays of reds, oranges, yellows, ambers and browns. Every garden is enhanced by a display of this autumnal beauty. There is a constantly changing display as the deciduous tree moves through the seasons; there is definition that cannot be attained with an evergreen tree. From the beauty of the fine tracery of bare branches in the winter to the excitement of the new leaf buds apearing in spring, to the full extent of dense greenery in the summer to the stunning colour in the autumn, the seasons are distinctive.
It is important to know to what height and width the tree will grow as it is likely to become a permanent structure in the garden and trees do not take kindly to being pruned. They have different natural shapes: spreading, pyramidal, conical, round, flat toped, columnar etc. and they need to be allowed to maintain their natural shapes.
The Mexican Alder is a quick growing evergreen or semi evergreen (in cold climates) tree with attractive serrated green leaves, grey bark and catkins. Perfect for wind-breaks, privacy or shelter. Easy to grow, trims well, timber can be used for fire-wood. Prefers sun and adequate moisture. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 3m
There is a lot to like about the gorgeous weeping Crabapple. Masses of dark red buds open to reveal soft crimson blossoms in spring, these are followed by small red fruits that will hold on the tree well into winter. The foliage is a soft shade of maroon. Easy to grow in a sunny spot. Deciduous. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Welcome the Tuis to your garden with this beautiful flowering cherry. Single pink bells of blossom decorate the bare branches in late winter full of nectar that birds love. The new green foliage colours well in the autumn. Happiest in a sunny spot with well drained soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m