Deciduous trees shed their leaves before the cold or dry season. Before this the leaves often turn orange, red or yellow. New leaves appear in spring. There are many different varieties and sizes. These are just a few of the more common ones. See how many you can spot outside.
WILLOW-LEAVED PEAR Pyrus salicifoliaThis pear tree has willow-like leaves. They are grey-green in colour and covered in fine hairs.
WILD CHERRY Prunus aviumThis variety is grown for its plentiful white flowers which open at the same time as the leaves. They are followed in autumn by small, shiny plum-coloured fruits. The leaves turn red in autumn.
MOUNTAIN ASH SorbusThis is a small tree with leaves which turn from glossy green to deep red in autumn.In spring small cream-coloured flowers appear.
AUTUMN CHERRY Prunus subhirtellaThis cherry tree produces white flowers from late autumn to spring. It does not fruit. In most years the leaves turn an attractive red in autumn.
LABURNUM Laburnum vossiiA small tree which is covered in bright yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.All parts are poisonous.
GUM TREE Eucalyptus gunniiThis tree is an evergreen, constantly shedding and replacing a few leaves at a time.
SALLOW Salix capreaThe leaves have dark-green tops and grey bottoms.Yellow catkins are on male plants while female plants bear silver catkins.
BIRCH Betula platyphyllaBirches are grown for their beautiful bark which, on some species, constantly peels to reveal the new and lighter bark underneath.The leaves turn yellow in autumn.
HONEY LOCUST Gleditsia triacanthosThe leaves are bright yellow in spring, turning light green in summer and back to yellow in autumn.Green flowers are produced in spring and brown seed pods in autumn.
NORWAY MAPLE Acer platanoidesLarge handsome trees grown for their leaves, which turn yellow or sometimes red in autumn.
PAPERBACK MAPLE Acer griseumThis tree is grown for its beautiful autumn colouring. The leaves turn orange-red in autumn and the peeling bark also contributes to its beauty. The brown outer bark peels away to show the new orange bark.