Trees and leafy shrubs
Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester48 guides
What are leafy trees and shrubs?
Deciduous trees and shrubs are woody plants, differentiated from conifers by the presence of leaves which nearly always fall during the autumn.
Why do we like trees and shrubs so much?
The flowering period should also be considered; some types produce flowers all year round.
Ornamental trees and shrubs
- shape and foliage; many types of trees are valued for these aspects, but it's still worth thinking about size and age of maturity
- shade; if you want to create a cool shaded area you'll need a tree which produces abundant foliage
- flowering; trees with impressive flowers bring added aesthetic value
- maple - available in several sub-species, their elaborately shaped leaves gradually change colour as the season progresses
- birch - a beautiful white-trunked tree with light foliage, giving attractive autumn colours, and tolerating all types of soil
- liquidambar - conical in form, with bright green foliage turning gold in autumn, a dream tree
- poplar - with their distinctive upright shape, robustness and vigorous growth, the only thing holding you back is the dizzying heights they can attain in a relatively short time
- oak - several sub-species exist, both annual and perennial; their imposing size limits them to cultivation in larger spaces
- sophora - a very distinctive tree, with winding branches and overspilling trails of dark green leaves
- prunus - prized for the dark red colour of their leaves
As for shrubs, here there are also several species prized for their leaves - including eleagnus, smokebush, boxwood, mahonia, holly, hazel and euonymus.
- morus kagayamae or mulberry-plane (6-8m in height, 8-10m in diameter), wide-ranging in form. Its elaborately shaped, glossy dark green leaves have great aesthetic potential. Be cautious, however, as these trees can be sensitive and aren't well-suited to colder regions.
- platanus acerifolia, a plane with maple-shaped leaves (15-20m in height, 8-10m in diameter). This is a garden classic
- catalpa (various species; height 12-20m, diameter 10m). A rapid-growing tree abundant in foliage
- tilia cordata, or small-leaved linden (12-15m in height, 4-6m in diameter). Known for its generous foliage and attractive appearance
Among the many trees prized for their flowers we find the magnolia, doubtless one of the very finest due to its spectacular flowers and long-lasting leaves. The albizia, although its leaves fall rapidly, also produce beautiful flowers.
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Albert, Manager of a gardening service, Leicester 48 guides écrits
I went to business school and got my start in life working in the hospitality industry, but I soon discovered I had a passion for landscaping and a green thumb to boot! I started landscaping for the local authority at just the right time: since some major infrastructural changes were underway in the community, I got tons of on-the-job technical experience.
When not at work, I'm just as passionate about gardening, something I share with my wife. Together, we designed and planted our garden from scratch. We take pride in making sure the entire garden, including our vegetable plot, is in tiptop shape. There's always a lot of DIY to do around the garden as well, whether you're building an arbour, maintaining the garden shed, putting down some paving, or fixing a fence.
After a day of gardening, we enjoy just sitting back and admiring the fruits of our labour, so to speak. We get more sun than the rest of the UK, so we're pretty lucky. Now, let us give back and help you with advice and tips for gardening tools, maintenance or improvement. You, too, will have a green thumb before you know it!