I love seeing how trees change through the seasons. Winter is a wonderful time to take in the shape and form of deciduous trees once they lose their leaves, adapting to changes in temperature.
Japanese Stewartia, or the Deciduous Camelia has attractive flaking bark, with leaves that turn orange and red in the autumn. In the winter this multi-stemmed tree has a fantastic shape, and in the summer beautiful white flowers.
It requires full sun to partial shade and being a large tree if given good space, it can grow up to 12 metres high, and 8 metres wide.
Japanese Stewartia in the summer
Amelanchier canadensis L. Medik – image copyright Heartwood Nursery
Amelanchier canadensis, the Serviceberry is a dense, erect, suckering, deciduous shrub with sprays of small, white star shaped flowers in late spring. The flowers are followed by blue-black berries in the summer, which are edible but rather tasteless. The green foliage turns yellow, orange and red in autumn. They grow to a maximum of 8 metres high and a spread of 4 metres. As you can see in the photo above, they look stunning planted in rows or along walkways and paths.
Coral bark Japanese Maple – image copyright The National Gardening Association
Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku,’ or the Coral bark maple is a large deciduous shrub or small tree, growing to a height of 6 metres and width of 4 metre. Stems are coral red and very eye-catching, with pink-yellow leaves opening in the spring, changing to bright green in the summer, and to orange and red in the autumn. They prefer partial shade in a sheltered spot with moist, well drained soil, but full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of water or excessive exposure to the sun.