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.
Gorgeous big pyramidal form tree for big spaces. Stunning autumn colour from large deep green leaves, turning red and orange for autumn colourings. October Glory is quick growing and is excellent as an avenue tree or, shallow root system. Plant in a sheltered position. Deciduous
Habit: Pyramidal Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 12m x 6m
Red spring growth contrasts well against beautiful yellow and green leaves, green intensifies in summer, turns orange and yellow in autumn. A bushy, spreading Japanese maple, ideal specimen tree for a small garden. Its elegant, open shape looks especially good silhouetted on walls or buildings, perfect in a large container. Deciduous
Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
The deeply divided foliage of this special Maple goes through several colour changes throughout the season. Starting with orange tones in spring, turning purple then green-bronze and finally bright orange and scarlet in the autumn. The branches are quite pendulous in habit. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Maples are happiest in a sheltered position with protection from the harsh afternoon sun. They like deep cool soil and will happily grow in the garden or a container. Nothing beats them for spring beauty and autumn colour.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Pendulous Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 3m
A compact and round dwarf variety with graceful soft red foliage in spring that darkens to burgundy in summer; fall color brightens to sunset hues of crimson and orange; excellent as a small garden accent. Grows to about 1.2m
Oregon Sunset Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall.
Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.5m
This is a highly ornamental plant with weeping, shrub-like form. Mature plants are characterised by sculptural, cascading branches. New leaves emerge bright crimson and deepen to burgundy. Considered the ultimate garden specimen, this plant is often seen in Japanese gardens. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade and protect from harsh wind. Suitable for a container. Deciduous. Est. 10yr.growth.
This Maple will be happiest planted in a sheltered position with protection from harsh winds and hot afternoon sun.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 3m
This is a very special upright form of Maple. The leaves have seven lobes and start off a soft shade of green in spring gradually deepening to a more traditional green. The wow factor kicks in during autumn with deep shades of red and scarlet prior to leaf fall. Est. 10 yr. growth. Deciduous.
Plant with protection from hot dry winds and afternoon sun for best results. 'Osakazui' is considered to be one the very best Maples for autumn colour. The name means 'Saki-Cup like leaf'.
This Maple has an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Platanoides. Upon maturity this slow growing fastigiate shaped tree will make a very strong vertical accent in the landscape. The new spring foliage emerges pinkish red, turns fresh green for summer then tones of yellow arrive prior to leaf fall. Prefers
Give it room to grow and will reward you well. Prefers the sun and deep acid soil but reasonably tolerant and very hardy.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 4m
AKA the 'Eagle Claw' Maple because of the shape of the dissected leaves. A pretty little tree with fresh green spring foliage that changes to gold-orange tones in the autumn. A strong grower however as with most Maples will perform best with protection from hot sun and strong wind. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 150cm
Pretty "Pixie" could also be called "Lady in Red" as the new spring foliage is a rich vibrant red gradually maturing to a deeper black red. In autumn the leaves are a showy bright red. Use as a stand out contrast plant. Plant in sun or semi-shade in a sheltered position. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
Norway Maple. The foliage on this tree is a stunning lime/yellow that changes to a rich golden colour in autumn. This hardy drought tolerant tree would make an excellent contrast tree for a both a garden or paddock. Excellent alternative for Golden Elms and similar in shape but coming in a bit smaller at 7m mature height. Deciduous.