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What Are Deciduous Trees

With September just a moment away, our deciduous trees are starting to feel the whisper of autumn drawing in. Although we are very much still in the summer season trees like hazels, maples & oaks are starting to show signs that autumn is on its way.

Deciduous trees are giant flowering plants, mostly broadleaf. These wide, flat leaves thrive in areas that have a mild, wet climate. The trees are rounded in shape with branches that spread out as they grow. Their flowers, called blossom, turn into seeds and fruit which make these trees a thriving spot for wildlife. The word deciduous simply means to ‘fall off’ and every autumn these trees shed their leaves, before getting new leaves in spring. The process is beautiful to watch as leaves from the trees turn shades of orange, red and yellow making the forests & woodland they grow in burst into colour, bafore falling off and leaving crunchy, crispy, colourful leaves on the forest floor.

These trees are most important as habitat areas. Many wildlife species rely on deciduous trees and forests as their primary source of food and shelter. For example, a mature oak will support over 280 different species of insects, making it a real hotspot!

A question often asked by our customers buying off our retail site in autumn and winter is; Is my tree dead? The answer is no, your tree is dormant, which basically means the tree goes into hibernation. Deciduous trees lose their leaves to conserve water and they slow their growth right down. Their metabolism, energy consumption is slowed, which is why they lose their leaves – this takes up too much energy and they wouldn’t be able to survive the bitter winter if they didn’t lose their leaf in autumn. 

So if you are thinking of buying a deciduous tree between October and March expect them to arrive with little or no leaves & get ready for them to bud and produce new leaves in the spring.

Posted by: Lauren Glass / 28 August 2019 at 11:29 / Comment

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