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.
Commonly known as the Judas Tree. Attractive specimen tree with medium sized heart shaped leaves that are shaded blue-green. Pure white, small, sweet pea shaped flowers are borne on the naked branches in spring. Happiest in a sunny position. Hardy and easy to grow. Deciduous.
Cercis silaquastrum is called the Judas Tree as it is reputed to be the tree from which Judas hung himself.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 5m
A unique redbud with variegated white and green leaves that appear once the prolific pink flowers, that grow straight from the bark, have finished. A small, slow growing tree, perfect for smaller gardens or container growing. Autumn brings warm yellow shades in the leaves. Likes a semi shaded, well drained position. Protect from frost when young. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Cercis Silver Lining
Container: pb18 ?
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An interesting deciduous tree with a tiered branch pattern. In spring the bare branches are smothered in clusters of tiny white blossom. Handsome, glossy green, heart shaped leaves follow. Mellow yellow autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in deep fertile soil in a sheltered spot. Est 10yr.growth.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
Cercis Texas White
Current Stock Height: 120/140 cm ?
Container: pb18 ?
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A tough and hardy deciduous shrub with an interesting network of bare branches that usually have thorns. In winter these are covered with tight clusters of buds that open out to deep red blooms. The flowers are followed by ornamental fruit that look like small quinces. Fantastic for floral work.
Colour: Red Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Flowering Quince AKA Japonica. In winter the interesting and picturesque bare branch structure becomes smothered in tight little blossom buds. These open to beautiful pure white flowers with a hint of green. Tough and hardy and easy to grow. Presented here as a standard. Deciduous.
Colour: White / Green Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Pagoda Dogwood. This attractive tree has a tiered arrangement of branches decorated with variegated green leaves with white margins. In summer small sprays of creamy white flowers appear and are followed by black berries. Plant in a sunny spot in rich well drained soil. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Dogwood. In spring the bare branches are decorated by pretty pink bracts that surround the tiny flower which in itself is insignificant. Fresh green summer foliage has attractive autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Plant in the sun in nice rich acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
The Asian Dogwood is often described as a large shrub because of its multi-stemmed habit rather than having a single trunk. Dark green foliage in spring-summer with good autumn tones before fall. The flower bracts are large, star shaped and a deep pink. Very showy in late spring. Est.10yr.growth.
Cornus prefer a nice deep rich acid soil so choose your planting spot well.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
This large multi-stemmed shrub has the most beautiful variegated foliage in various shades of green and creamy white. The leaves are off-set by the purple shading of the twigs. Large showy white flower bracts in late spring. Special. Likes nice rich acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
An American hybrid valued for the ruby red flower bracts that appear in spring. The new spring foliage is an attractive bronze-red before turning the usual green. Striking autumn colour adds to the overall value of this specimen tree. Plant in a sunny spot in nice rich soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m