Deciduous .....that's right. They're the ones that lose their leaves during winter.
The advantage of these beautiful plants is the ability to provide shade during the hot summer sun, but also provide maximum sunlight when we need it most during the winter.
Deciduous trees also have wonderful contrasting and evolving leaf colours and structure. For instance the exquisite colours of Acer October Glory. Every month for 12 months of the year, the foliage is different colour and shade, then in winter, the limbs form a majestic, stately shaped tree.
The leaves that fall during Autumn can also make excellent mulch. Whilst some people refuse to plant deciduous trees near a pool, they can actually look sensational with the changing leaf tones, And the clean up is only for a month per year.
Gorgeous flowering Cercis Forest Pansy is one of our favourites in this category. Brilliantly, vibrant deep pink flowers on purple, twisted limbs, prior to the leaves bursting make for an extraordinary, Spring display.
There are deciduous trees for full sun or part shade, from tall growing Ornamental Pear to low, vibrant Japanese Maple.