Deciduous Trees & Shrubs

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DECIDUOUS TREES & SHRUBS
Deciduous means "falling off at maturity" or "tending to fall off", and it is typically used in order to refer to trees or shrubs that lose their leaves seasonally (most commonly during autumn) and to the shedding of other plant structures such as petals after flowering or fruit when ripe.

In a more general sense, deciduous means "the dropping of a part that is no longer needed" or "falling away after its purpose is finished". In plants it is the result of natural processes.

"Deciduous" has a similar meaning when referring to animal parts, such as deciduous antlers in deer, deciduous teeth, also known as baby teeth, in some mammals (including humans); or decidua, the uterine lining that sheds off after birth.

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DOGWOOD   
(Cornus rubra)



Blooms are white, pink and "red" in early May before the leaves appear.
Height 20".
Soil slightly acid.
Beautiful Fall color and shiny red berries.
Full sun to part shade.
CHINESE DOGWOOD   (Cornus kousa)

Blooms are white or light pink in June appearing after the leaves.
Height 20' to 25'. Faster growing than rubra.   
Slightly acid soil.
Beautiful Fall foliage and red berries which look like strawberries.
Full sun to part shade.   
REDBUD    
(Cercis  canadensis)



Magenta flowers before the leaves in late April appearing to emerge directly from the branch.     
Height 20'      
Acid or alkaline soil.  Appreciates adequate soil moisture.
Full sun to part shade.                               
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JAPANESE TREE LILAC
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SHADBUSH/ SERVICEBERRY (Amelanchier)

Blooms are white in April before the leaves.
Height variable 10' to 25'.   Produces edible berries in summer.
Soil adaptable but not tolerant of urban pollution.      
Beautiful red Fall color. 
JAPANESE TREE LILAC          
(Syringia reticulata)


Blooms large white extremely fragrant plumes in early June.  Height 20' to 30'. 
Soil well drained and slightly acid.  
Full sun for best flowering but tolerates some shade. 
CRAPE MYRTLE (Lagerstroemia)


Blooms are pink, raspberry, red, and white, July through September.    
Height 6' to 12'. 
Slightly acid soil.
Full sun to part shade.
Fall color  leaves might be yellow, orange, or red depending on flower color.        
Full sun.           
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JAPANESE MAPLE  
(Acer palmatum)

Upright and weeping (dissectum) forms.
Leaves may be either dissect (cut back to the blade)  or 5, 7, or 9 lobes in shades of green, red, or various combinations.  Height  6' to 8' for weeping form or 15' to 20' for upright. Soil moist and acid.  
Full sun to part shade.  
HYDRANGEA
(Hydrangea)

Blooms white, blue, or pink as a mophead (large, sterile, many flowered corymbs or lacecap ( outer sterile flowers surround inside fertile, smaller ones). Color depends on soil pH. New varieties bloom on old and new wood so flower all summer. moist, humusy soil.
Prefer light shade..      
HYDRANGEA
(Hydrangea paniculata)

White/green white upright, broad based blooms July and August. Some of the smaller cultivars  continue to bloom after the larger ones have finished. Older flowers turn a pleasant pink to dark pink resulting in two colors at once. 
Height 3' to 9'  
Soil loamy, moist, well drained. 
Full sun to part shade.