What is a Deciduous Tree?

The word “deciduous” refers to trees and shrubbery which often seasonally fall off, usually at the end of winter; and, as the name implies, to those trees which fall off just before flowering; and, to those trees which fall off just before fruit sets in.  The term comes from the fact that the foliage falls off of the trees during their winter seasons, just prior to their renewal and re-growth in the spring.

Deciduous TreesDeciduous trees are known for their unique fragrance, which is sometimes likened to an exotic combination of juniper berries and apple blossoms. When young, the tree looks like a variety of different flowers; however, over time, the tree loses its leaves. In order to maintain its unique character, and keep its fragrant nature, it is essential that the tree is pruned on a regular basis, usually once a year. This is accomplished through the cutting of branches, which in turn creates more foliage in the shape of a bush and the elimination of the deadwood.

The beauty of deciduous trees is also highlighted by their ability to endure dry conditions. Due to their resistance to the effects of frost and extreme temperatures, deciduous trees can withstand a variety of conditions and weather, even with very little or no water; allowing them to be used in landscaping projects and greenhouses. They are ideal for the maintenance of outdoor gardens and for providing shade and privacy to your home or office.

The different types of deciduous trees vary greatly in their size, shape, size, and appearance, with some trees growing as tall as one hundred feet, while others are smaller. Some trees have a flowering season, with their flowers appearing in late summer or early fall, and then falling back to the ground in late winter. Others only produce flowers during certain times of the year, such as during spring, summer, and autumn.

Deciduous trees are classified into two categories; non-evergreen deciduous trees, which are found throughout North America; and, evergreen deciduous trees, which occur only in certain parts of the world (including the Northern United States and Canada, Australia, and South Africa).  Evergreen deciduous trees, such as the juniper, are naturally deciduous but can be turned into an evergreen if the bark of the tree is stripped from its trunk. {and left to rest. The growth of this deciduous tree continues and the tree continues to re-grow for about one hundred years. However, when the bark is removed, new growth can develop beneath the old-growth, resulting in a new deciduous tree. Some evergreens require pruning to prevent the spreading of the same bark into the surrounding areas.

In order to thrive and retain their unique qualities and beauty, deciduous trees need continual pruning and tree care. As well as the cutting of limbs, they need to be maintained by removing dead leaves and needles that cause the growth of new ones; and, to prevent roots from becoming established and spreading. {into the surrounding soil, removing debris, and other forms of debris that could make them look too crowded and dense. {which may result in a poor appearance. and a reduced effect on the aesthetics of your home or office.