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.
Here is the pink magnolia you have been searching for. Gorgeous soft pink blooms that are paler on the inside giving the blooms a translucent quality. A seedling of M.‘Charles Raffill’ (M. campbellii x M.campbellii var mollicomata) raised at Caerhays. First flowered in 1967. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / Light pink Habit: Upright spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3.5m
The understated beauty of this elegant Magnolia will captivate you once you see the cupped yellow blooms appear in spring. The tree has an overall graceful habit and remains quite compact for the first 10 years. The blooms have the bonus of a pleasant fragrance. Est.10.yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
A magnificent Magnolia which tantalizes with large woolly buds that open to reveal large, cupped, deep magenta blooms with attractive prominent stamens. May take a few years to flower but worth the wait. Plant in a sheltered spot in acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
The seed for this Magnolia was first collected from the Yunnan region in China by intrepid plant collector George Forrest in 1924. It didn't flower until 1947 - good things do indeed take time.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m
A beautiful white Magnolia with large goblet shaped, fragrant flowers. Considered to be one of the best white cultivars and has received an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Plant in a sheltered position in acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr. growth.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Deep pink buds that open to a profusion of star shaped blooms in a softer shade of pink. The blooms have a delightful fragrance and appear in early spring. Growth habit is more shrub-like rather than upright. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
The late Leonard Messel was the owner of 'Nymans' the garden where this wonderful Magnolia 'star' was born.
Colour: Pink / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Native to China and introduced to Europe in 1790 this Magnolia has a multi-branched, shrub-like habit. The blooms open from long erect buds and appear for several months over spring. Rich purple on the outside with white interiors. Plant in a sunny, sheltered spot with acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Purple / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
The slender curved buds of this deciduous, small, Magnolia are deepest black. The blooms when open are a dark maroon purple with creamy white interiors. Elegant and compact. In a good season will flower for 2 months through from late spring to early summer. Plant in a sunny sheltered position. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Brown / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Limelight Magnolia is blanketed in stunning fragrant lemon yellow cup-shaped flowers held atop the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive yellow flower buds. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed in early fall. Deciduous
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 9m x 6m
A multi branched upright tree with large, deep rose-pink blooms with pointed petals. Exceptional clarity of colour will ensure this spectacular hybrid will soon become a firm favourite. Named after the breeder's mother so you know it is worth adding to your collection. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 2.5m
A petite magnolia producing a confetti of fluttery star-shaped pure white flowers. The outer petals sometimes have a pink to light violet stripe. The flowers are more resistant to late night frost damage. Merrill is of more upright habit, making it ideal for smaller gardens. It was bred by Max Loebner around 1900. Deciduous
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m