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Autumn is a great time for trees

Summer is over, sit back and watch the show! Deciduous trees provide real wow factor once the weather turns. Autumn brings bright clear days and chilly nights, along with brilliant colour before the trees shed their leaves. So many great choices!

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Among strong greens of evergreens and the blue/greys of natives is the wonderment that is autumnal colour. Deciduous trees put on a spectacular show this time of year, most noticable along avenues and city streets, botanical gardens and in front yards of homes embracing the change of seasons. Against the blue sky, pale yellow sun and cooler temperatures of that perfect autumn day, these trees are certainly on show for all to see.

The reds, purples, and colour combinations in between that decorate autumn foliage come from a group of pigments in the cells of leaves called anthocyanins.

During the summer growing season, phosphate is at a high level. It has a vital role in the breakdown of the sugars manufactured by chlorophyll. But in autumn, phosphate along with the other chemicals and nutrients, move out of the leaf into the stem of the plant. When this happens, the sugar-breakdown process changes, leading to the production of anthocyanin pigments.

The brighter the light during this period, the greater the production of anthocyanins and the more brilliant the resulting color display. When the days of autumn are bright and cool, and the nights are chilly but not freezing, the brightest colorations usually develop.

These images will leave no doubt about the precious beauty of deciduous trees during autumn.

This tree is a definite feature in autumn. The Pistashio tree (Pistachia chinensis) offers a beautiful blend of interesting leaf shape with sensational autumnal colour. Growing around 8 metres tall, it makes a knock-out feature tree for domestic or commercial landscapes. We have good numbers most of the year in 40cm and 50 litres.

Normally photos of Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' are summertime shots where you can see the brilliant display of white flowers. In autumn, this is the view. Of reds and burgundy foliage before completely defoliating to reveal smooth pale limbs. Lagerstroemia is truely one of those magnificent trees that can feature the entire year round. We have 30cm, 50cm, 100 & 200 litres. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
This is a favourite tree for many people. Wonderfully attractive large green leaves give way to yellows and golds as autumn turns toward winter. We have straight Liriodendron tulipifera as well as its fastigiate form in a mix of sizes, from 40cm through 100 litres. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 150L
Here is the gorgeous colour of Pyrus calleryana 'Capital' in autumn. Here leaves are only starting to turn giving a range of colour experience between green and burgundy. 'Capital' is a great selection for tighter areas and looks fabulous along driveways, walls and fences. We stock Pyrus 'Capital' in a number of sizes including 30cm, 40cm, 50, 100 and 200 litre. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
Lagerstroemia 'Sioux' is a hot pick flowering Crepe Myrtle during the warmer months but a blaze of reds and burgundy foliage during autumn. There trees shown here are mutiplanted 300 litre stock and looking radiant. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 100L 200L
It isn't any wonder why these trees are commonly referred to as Scarlet Oak. Its foliage is a unique blend of shape and colour, highlighted during autumn when the whole tree is a blend of burgundy and purples. We traditionally hold a good number of 50 litre material at any time of the year. 40cm/27L 200L

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