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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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.
Japanese Maple. An award winning Maple with fresh green, wide, lobed leaves that emerge in spring set against smooth grey-brown bark. Stunning autumn colour prior to leaf fall. Tall upright habit. Plant in a sheltered spot in deep cool soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
This Maple has pretty little drooping sprays of 'flowers' known as corymbs just before the leaves emerge.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m
Known for it's transition of colour from greens to reds as winter progresses. As soon as the temperatures begin to drop the bark begins to change colour to yellow at the trunk, the colder it gets the further up through the branching the colour moves from pale yellow through orange to intense red at the tips. Lovely upright open form. Sheltered position. Deciduous
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3.5m
Japanese Maple. This is a beautiful Maple that is definitely a favourite of mine. The dainty, new spring leaves emerge pale yellow with hints of orange and red before slowly turning green over summer. In autumn the yellow and orange tones are once again to the fore prior to leaf fall. Lovely.
Acer 'Katsura' will do best in a sheltered position with protection from harsh wind and hot afternoon sun.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
This Japanese Maple has feathery foliage that emerges burgundy red in the spring and is known for holding its red colour right through the summer taking on a vibrant crimson red in autumn. Rightfully named, Acer Lace Lady, the foliage is deeply dissected and forms an attractive loose crown. Deciduous
Japanese Maple. What a special little tree this is with an outstanding structure and interesting over-lapping foliage. The new leaves emerge a light green maturing to fresh bright green. A lovely Maple for smaller gardens or a container. Plant in a sheltered spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
An attractive little Japanese Maple with a wide upright habit growing as wide as it is high. Chocolate-brown leaves in spring turning bronze-green in summer then orange autumn tones. Perfect for a sheltered spot in small gardens. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
Moonfire hold it's colour in shade better than other red leaf cultivars. Tolerates full sun maintaining it's colour in hot summers. The foliage emerges dark purple in spring and turns red as summer nears, except in shade where the colour remains purple. It's leaves look stunning when lit from below. Autumn colour is fiery red. Deciduous
Deeply dissected leaves of a wonderfull mossy-gold colour in spring, picking up greener tinges in summer and oranges and reds in autumn. Lovely red stems contrast with the gold foliage. Grow in a sheltered spot in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Habit: Cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
If you want a really special feature tree then this could be the Maple for you. The large 5 lobed leaves are in tones of crimson to dark purple. Forms an upright tree with a rounded head. Will grow in sun or semi-shade as long as sheltered from strong winds. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m