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.
This is a small, slow growing compact tree that is very beautiful when the new foliage is emerging and just as special thereafter. The new leaves are a soft lime yellow and open to delicate fans of foliage. Deeper yellow tones towards autumn. This Maple prefers a sheltered spot with filtered light. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Maple rubrum. AKA October Glory. This North American Maple has interesting red tassel flowers in spring followed by winged seeds. The new foliage is large, lobed, lustrous and green and in autumn turns a brilliant red. Forms a very handsome specimen tree. Plant in a sheltered position in sun or part shade. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 5m
A rare and beautiful Maple named for it's outstanding autumn foliage in shades of burnt orange. The new spring growth has tones of pale yellow and green with hints of orange on rounded leaves with shallow lobes. Plant in a sheltered, semi-shaded position. Deciduous. Est 10 year growth.
This special Maple can also be grown in a container.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 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
Maple. Probably one of the prettiest variegated foliage trees available. The five-lobed leaves have silvery-white margins combined with tones of green and rosy red. Particularly beautiful in spring. Plant in a sheltered spot in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
The name of this lovely Maple means 'red and changeable' and it is pronounced "Bay-nee-shee-chee-hen-gay".
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 3m
The name may not be the most desirable but the tree certainly is. The rich red, spring foliage is finely dissected and holds its colour well throughout summer. In autumn the leaves turn a deeper shade of red before falling. Neat and tidy upright habit. RHS AGm. Deciduous. Est. 10 yr growth.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
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
A great Maple for those that love deep wine foliage. The attractive dissected leaves remain a gorgeous shade of red all year round intensifying in the autumn. Very pretty and dainty. Lovely landscape feature tree. Protect from hot dry winds and afternoon sun. Deciduous.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m