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.
If you want a game of Conkers then this is the tree for you. The 'Horse Chestnut' is a handsome large tree with bold foliage and huge white, tinged red flowers in spring. The flowers are followed by nuts encased in a distinctive prickly skin. The nuts known as 'conkers' are released in autumn.
This is a very large tree and the height given is a 10 year estimate, it will continue to grow and can live to 300 years! Give it room to grow and it will delight you and your family for generations.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m
If you want to sit under soft ferny foliage and look up at fuzzy fluffy carmine red flowers then this is the tree for you. Very pretty specimen tree with a single trunk and good shade canopy. Flowers during summer. Quite quick growing. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
Silk Tree. This is a fabulous quick growing tree with a single stem and a good shade canopy making it ideal to relax under on a sleepy summer afternoon. Soft ferny foliage and fluffy fuzzy blooms in warm pink that appear in summer. Plant in a warm sunny position. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
Silk Tree. Gorgeous dainty leaflets of warm chocolate brown appear from spring and remain this colour tone until leaf fall. In summer tufts of fragrant pink flowers sit above the foliage. Quickly forms a nice filtered shade canopy. Likes the sun and well drained soil that is not too heavy. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
Extremely tolerant, fast growing tree that loves moisture. Attractive heart shaped leaves (hence the name Cordata) that are green and glossy. The male flower catkins appear before the leaves and the female flowers develop into small woody cones. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 12m x 8m
Current Stock Height: 180/220 cm ?
Container: pb28 ?
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The Mexican Alder is a quick growing evergreen or semi evergreen (in cold climates) tree with attractive serrated green leaves, grey bark and catkins. Perfect for wind-breaks, privacy or shelter. Easy to grow, trims well, timber can be used for fire-wood. Prefers sun and adequate moisture. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 3m
Current Stock Height: 100/120cm ?
Container: 5l ?
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Slippery Elm. This Elm has been used for many years for it's medicinal properties. The leaves are often red tinged on emergence, turning dark green by summer, and then a dull yellow in autumn. Spreading rounded form reaching about 12m so give it space. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8 x 3m
Current Stock Height: 310/360 cm ?
Container: pb40 ?
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Something different and unusual for your plant collection. Just as the new leaves start to appear in spring the whole shrub is smothered in drooping racemes of lacy white flowers. These are sometimes followed by edible purple berries. Rich golden and red tones in autumn. Deciduous.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
This attractive birch has a complex and delicate beauty in its bark. The bark is primarily fawn/cream coloured, with pale pinkish to orange hues topped by strong patterns of striations. The bark peels to reveal further subtleties of colour beneath. Bright green leaves in summer turning striking golden yellow in autumn. Can be multi stemmed.
Habit: Broadly columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 18m x 6m
Himalayan Birch - an attractive bright white bark, dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn, and interesting catkins in spring. An elegant tree that is perfect for all gardens, large or small. Looks great group planting. Prefers a soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Deciduous. Est.10yr.height.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 3m