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 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
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
Another star from the Jury family bred right here in NZ. A medium sized deciduous tree with a full compliment of big beautiful cup shaped blooms in mid spring. The flowers are white with a blush of pink at the base. Happiest in a sheltered spot in nice acid soil. Est.10.yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3.5m
The perfect Magnolia for those of you with limited space as this particular variety has a narrow, upright growth habit. Bright, royal purple blooms in spring. Bred in NZ by Peter Cave. Plant in acid soil and protect from harsh winds. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 1.5m
The exquisite pointed buds of this lovely little Magnolia hint of the beauty to come. The buds open out to fragrant, rich ruby red blooms with white interiors. Gorgeous. Plant in a sunny sheltered spot in acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m
This medium sized tree is a real sight in full bloom. The large flowers are fragrant and cup shaped in shades of creamy white and pastel pink with a deeper pink at the base. Plant in a sunny, sheltered spot with acid soil. Delicious and deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4.5m
Large, deep rose, bowl shaped blooms stand out on naked branches in early spring. Yet another winner from the Jury family of New Plymouth who are world leaders in Magnolia breeding. As with most of their hybrids, flowers from a young age. Happiest in a sunny sheltered spot. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
Named after the eminent British horticulturist this form of M. campbellii has huge bowl shaped flowers of pure white. It will take quite a few years to mature to its outstanding best but as the saying goes good things do indeed take time. Plant in a sheltered position. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m