They might be bare, but they are full of promise!

While most of the year it is a good time to plant trees in a temperate climate like Melbourne, July for deciduous trees is PARTICULARLY good. Planting trees when dormant is always advisable since that is when it is least disruptive to the tree.

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Knowing when a deciduous tree is in its dormant stage is easy to identify thanks to winter leaf drop signifying the start of the dormancy phase. Conversely the development of new leaf growth typically signals the start of spring and the end to this botanical hibernation.

At Speciality Trees a significant block of potting takes place when limbs are bare.

While it seems a difficult task to sell trees that look like sticks at this time of the year, we mustn't forget that these trees are loaded with potential and promise of beautiful things to come. The very first sign of warmth will generate a pattern of continual colour change in these trees making them the most entertaining and visually stimulating range on offer.

Even though the trees sit as tall sticks like soldiers in a row without a skerrick of foliage cover, it is also the perfect time to buy.

The word ‘deciduous’ means to fall off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth and is typically used in reference to trees or shrubs that lose their leaves. In horticulture, this is a natural process called abscission and in many cases, although not all, leaf loss coincides with winter. 

The beginnings of leaf drop begins when an abscission layer, formed between the leaf petiole and the stem, and subject to a change in the existence of a plant hormone called auxin between the trunk and the leaf, is broken, allowing the leaf to break off. This process starts in autumn.  However, before they shed, nitrogen and carbon is removed from the foliage by the tree and stored as protein. It is this protein that assists the development of new foliage and/or flowers in spring.

So buying and planting in the Winter months is a low-risk thing to do.

For our guide to planting, click here.

Another batch of deciduous trees being loaded on our truck

One of the most rewarding of trees is Lagerstroemia. From beautiful pale bare limbs, green leaves appear and spectacular white crinkle like flowers in late summer. Before it is winter again, foliage changes from dark green to orange before falling. This is a very popular line because of its intense flowering and year-round attraction whether in flower, bare in winter or otherwise. We have good numbers now in 30cm, 50 litre containers and 100 litre bags. 25cm 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
This is a tree with one massive leaf giving it an attractive broad-domed canopy when mature. Attractive bell-shaped flowers and bean-like seed capsules are produced in summer hence its common name of Indian Bean Tree. This is a nice selection for a bushland affect or spot in the landscape requiring canopy. Plant in full sun. We have good-looking material ready to go now in 40cm and 50 litre containers. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L
This is a tree with attractive small bi-pinnate leaves and a beautiful pendulous habit. Again from bare limbs dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn before falling to the floor. Gleditsia make a very striking specimen tree due to their lateral branching and intense colouring. Be sure to come and take a look at our stock ready now for planting in 40cm and 50 litre containers. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
This Pin Oak starts bare in winter and ends shedding foliage in a deep red to brown colour range in autumn. In between it shows off its dark green leaves that at magnificently lobed. Quite a distinctive tree for large spaces. We have good numbers available of this beautiful tree in 40cm and 50 litres, we some limited stock in larger 100 litre bags for instant affect. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 200L
A popular ornamental tree selection, Manchurian Pear produces oval shaped green leaves after the end of their dormancy phase and these leaves turn a brilliant red colour come autumn. A great feature tree selection, this species has a wider branching habit than 'Cleveland Select' and the narrower 'Capital'. We have lovely stock in 50 litre containers and 100 litre bags ready to go now. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L

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