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.
Japanese Maple. Asahi zuru or Rising sun as it translates has variegation that is creamy-white with pink in spring. Bark can have pink striations through out, especially on newer bark. Fast growing when young, this lovely maple will eventually produce a spreading plant with the variegation becoming more intense with age. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2.5m
An attractive little Japanese Maple with deeply dissected fine foliage in tones of orange-red in early spring turning more green in summer. Nice autumn tones. A strong grower with an upright habit and pendulous branches. Perfect for a sheltered spot in small gardens. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
"Beni Otake" means red bamboo. The foliage emerges red in spring and holds it colour well into summer, before turning bronze and then green. Eventually forms a vase shaped tree. Prefers sun to partial shade in well drained soil. Deciduous. Est. 10 yr. growth.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Maple rubrum. A handsome form of the Canadian Maple that is valued for the columnar shape and excellent autumn colour. Fresh green, lobed leaves in spring and summer. Plant in a sheltered position with space to flourish. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 5m
Maple rubrum. If you want a tree with brilliant and long lasting brilliant autumn colour then help yourself to some 'Brandy Wine'. Selected from the USA National Arboretum breeding programme this tree has large, fresh emerald green foliage that turns brilliant red then purple red in the autumn. Stunning large specimen tree. Deciduous.
The North American Maple is quite easy to grow in sun or part shade. It will do best if sheltered from strong wind. This male clone does not have the 'winged' seeds typical of this Maple.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 5m
Spring growth emerges coppery-red and matures to a glossy dark green in summer. During autumn the leaves display red, yellow and orange. This small, sturdy maple has an oval to rounded, slightly spreading form. Bark is pale brown and attractively dappled with a papery texture. Prefers a sheltered site. Deciduous. Est.10yr growth
Habit: Oval to round spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 2m
Butterfly is a delicate, unique small tree. Butterfly has deeply divided, gray-green leaves with creamy margins that are often tinged pink in the spring and scarlet in the fall. This is a detail-oriented Japanese maple. It looks lovely from afar but, to see its true splendour, one should look up close. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Stdcm x cm
Named for the summer colour of it's golden green leaves which surprisingly emerge fiery red, this medium sized maple will take on multiple yellow tones in autumn. Prefers a sheltered site in full sun to part shade with moist but well drained soil. Deciduous
Habit: Rounded crown Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
The new green leaves appear brushed with pink and gold in early spring on this little witches
broom from Australia. 'Coonara Pygmy' forms a very dense irregular shaped small shrub at maturity. Fall color is a nice blend of reds and yellows and very good for a dwarf. Great for rock gardens, bonsai or containers.
Palmatum. Deep crimson summer leaves turn brown, dark maroon or bronze in autumn. The oval to rounded crown fills with maroon tinged, yellow flowers in the spring. This fast growing Norway maple is a fabulous ornamental feature for a bigger garden. Will thrive in most soils, including clay, and is invaluable for screening buildings. Deciduous
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m