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.
A very colourful Maple with new spring leaves of bright butter-yellow. These turn an attractive lime-green shade during summer. A particularly striking small tree adding a nice foliage variation. First discovered in an Ashburton garden. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
Acer Kellys Gold
Current Stock Height: 180/215 cm ?
Container: pb28 ?
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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
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
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
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
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
Acer Osakazuki L/W
Current Stock Height: 190/210 cm ?
Container: pb18 ?
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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