Name: various genus and species.
Plant type: deciduous tree.
Foliage: various forms.
Climate: generally warm and cold temperate however some grow into the sub-tropics.
Soil: generally free draining, moderately fertile.
Position: full sun.
Feeding: feed in spring with a complete controlled release fertiliser.
Watering: as required when getting established and during extended dry periods.
Every landscape needs a tree and these days there’s a variety to suit every situation, from a courtyard to an acreage. If you’re looking at adding a tree, consider whether you want an evergreen, which retains its leaves all year round, or a deciduous variety, which loses its leaves in winter. Deciduous trees can have many advantages including being extremely sustainable – in summer their deep shade can provide natural cooling for your home and garden, and in winter they let much-needed warming sunlight stream through.
The form and appearance will vary with the species and variety, so do your research into size and form. What they have in common is that they all lose their leaves over winter. Many put on a colourful foliage display in spring and autumn.
There are many Australian deciduous trees that thrive in our warm climate. The preferred conditions will vary with species however most will require full sun for best performance and a free-draining soil. As the trees go dormant in winter, it is important that the soil does not stay wet, otherwise root rot can develop.
These will vary with the species and variety.
The ultimate sustainable deciduous trees would have to be the stone fruits and apples. Amazing spring flowering displays, cooling summer shade, an abundance of delicious fruit, autumn foliage colour and warming winter sun. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Deciduous trees that display autumn leaf colour do so because their green chlorophyll is running out, revealing the colours beneath. Some also pump anthocyanin into the leaves to help extract nitrogen, which shows as reds and purples. They store this nitrogen to give them the energy they need for a big spring growth surge.
How to plant a tree: top tips for success when planting your new tree.
Daffodils: these beautiful spring-flowering bulbs will naturalise underneath deciduous trees.
Cyclamen: fantastic fragrant winter colour underneath deciduous trees.
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