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.
Weeping Flowering Cherry. A beautiful and graceful small tree with pendulous arching branches. In spring the branches are smothered in single white blossom that is blushed with just a hint of pink. Very pretty. Fresh green summer foliage that colours well in autumn. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
Bred in NZ by Felix Jury and known here as the 'Tui Tree' because Tui just love the sweet nectar the flowers provide - in fact they go mad for it. Considered a sterile hybrid form of the 'Taiwan' flowering cherry with large, rosy red, bell shaped, blooms that start to appear around August. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
When you see this compact little tree in full flower in early spring you will know just why Jim was delighted. Single, star shaped blossoms that are coloured a warm pink. Nice dark green foliage with good autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Likes the sun and well drained soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
'Kanzan' is deservedly one of the most popular flowering cherries. Gorgeous, fully double, pink blossoms hang in pendent clusters for several weeks in spring followed by coppery bronze new foliage. Fresh green summer leaves that have excellent autumn colour. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
Weeping Cherry. Pretty, pendulous branches of frilly, rich pink, double blossom announce spring has arrived during September/October. Glossy bronze-green new foliage turns green for summer and scarlet for autumn. A lovely specimen that will do best in a sunny well drained spot. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
An outstanding flowering Cherry, masses of pearly white blossom smother this dome shaped, very appealing tree. Massed clusters of densely petalled, double flowers in soft pink shades is the main feature of this unusual cherry. The hanging clusters of bloom are dotted throughout the tree in charming fashion. Early flowering with good autumn colour.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Selected seedling from Taranaki that has masses of striking, white, pendulous blossoms that drape the branches in mid spring. When young has an upward habit and becomes more horizontal with age. Nice autumn colour. Grow in a sunny position in well drained soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 5m
Flowering Japanese Apricot. Masses of fragrant, double rose pink blooms will delight in late winter early spring. The blooms are followed by small 'apricot' fruits that while technically edible are not 'scrumdelicious'. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and do any pruning in summer. Est.10yr.growth.
This ornamental Apricot was introduced to the USA in 1941 by Mr W D Clarke and is named after one of his daughters.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Japanese Flowering Apricot. An ornamental blossom tree that flowers in late winter. The flowers are semi-double, rose pink and have prominent central stamens. Very pretty for winter colour in the garden or for 'arty farty floral arty'. Happiest in a sunny well drained spot. Deciduous.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Pendent clusters of dainty bright carmine pink bell flowers appear in late winter. These flowers are attractively fringed and a magnet for nectar loving birds. Bronze new foliage that eventually turns green. A good small tree suitable for town gardens. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5mcm x 2mcm