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 most widely grown Magnolia world wide and the parent of many of today's hybrids. A tree in full bloom is irresistible with masses of tulip shaped blooms that are rosy purple with a white interior. Very tough, hardy and adaptable. Forms a large shrub. Deciduous. Est.10.yr.growth.
Pronounced 'soo-lon-zhee-ah-na' and named after Soulange-Bodin a director of the RHS who raised it.
Colour: White / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m
One of the most spectacular and long flowering Magnolias with large, star shaped flowers of rose pink with blush white interiors. The stunning blooms are approximately 20-30cm across. A hardy hybrid which has become very popular due to its proven attributes. Bred in NZ. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
A Magnolia is a Symbol of Beauty and Sweetness. Its Planet is Venus and its Power is Fidelity. One of the earliest magnolias to bloom. They need a sheltered spot and fertile, well-drained, acid soil. A small bushy tree bearing fragrant star shaped white flowers with many petals opening from silky buds in spring. Very beautiful and suitable for a small garden.
Colour: White Habit: Upright rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Star Magnolia. A compact and top performing little 'Star' with warm pink, shaggy flowers made up of many petals that appear late winter-early spring. Fresh green summer foliage. Forms a multi-branched upright shrub. Plant in a sheltered spot in acid soil for best results. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Star Magnolia. An award winning Magnolia and deservedly so. Pale pink 'shaggy' star like blooms with a multitude of petals appear from late winter. The blooms are softly fragrant and fade to white. Fresh green summer foliage, compact habit. Likes a sheltered spot and acid soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Star Magnolia. This little sweetie is ideal for those of you with small gardens or for filling a little corner. Masses of soft pink buds open to white blooms with a hint of pink at the base. Flowers in spring. Prefers a sheltered spot and acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
An excellent Magnolia for the smaller garden. Pink buds open to pale pink star shaped flowers with darker pink shading at base. Early flowering, vigorous grower. Prefers a sheltered spot and acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr. growth.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Rosea is a popular variety with star-shaped, light pink flowers with a lovely scent. As it blooms on bare branches early in the spring it looks amazing when placed in front of an evergreen shrub, e.g. holly,escallonia, griselinia or any bright green conifer, to fully expose the beauty of its flowers. Ideal as a free-standing specimen. 1.5m
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Star Magnolia. A strong, upright large shrub that flowers in late winter. The blooms open from soft pink buds and are large, fragrant, snowy-white and star-like. Green foliage. Plant in a sunny, sheltered spot in acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Awarded an Award of Garden Merit in 1993 this is a lovely deciduous shrub that is quite vigorous and hardy. The silky pink buds open to reveal white shaggy star shaped flowers set against attractive bare branches. Fresh, dark green foliage follows. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
As with most Magnolias 'Waterlily' likes to be protected from strong wind. If planted in full sun mulch the roots well to keep them nice and cool.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m