Trees for Seasonal Colour

Trees add interest, structure and atmosphere to a garden and are invaluable to wildlife and the environment.
There'll be a tree suitable to transform even the smallest garden.

Here we focus on deciduous trees that provide more than one season of interest such as striking foliage, blossom, fruit, autumn colour or attractive bark.

Spring:  Many trees are admired for their show stopping display of Spring blossom such as Magnolia x soulangeana, Prunus  ‘Pink Perfection’, or Crataegus laevigata ’Paul’s Scarlet’. For a lovely contrast, plant alongside the white flowering Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Ballerina’, Cornus florida or Malus ‘Everest’.

Summer: There are many trees which offer summer interest. For flowering trees try Catalpa bignonioides Aurea, Liriodendron tulipifera or Koelreuteria paniculata. The unusual foliage of these larger specimen trees is in full effect in summer, setting off the flowers and subsequent ‘fruit’ beautifully. The bright variegated foliage of Acer Platanoides 'Drummondii' contrasts wonderfully against darker green trees.

Autumn: Many trees turn stunning autumn shades and bear fruits that can last well into winter. In addition to the ever popular Japanese maples and flowering cherry trees, Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is a popular ‘garden designer choice’ for its vibrant red foliage.

Winter: Several trees are noted for their bark interest in winter including Acer griseum and Prunus serrula.    Some of the most effective in winter are the birches, especially Betula utlis jacquemontii. Cornus Siberia provides striking colour and structure to any border.

Here are some of our top choices:

  • Acer palmatum (many varieties to choose from)
  • Amelanchier ‘Ballerina’ or ‘Robin Hill’
  • Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade'
  • Prunus 'Royal Burgundy'
  • Malus ‘Evereste’
  • Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

More trees we recommend

In addition to our huge range of deciduous trees here at the nursery, we specialise in evergreen plants for screening all year round.  Read more>

For advice and ideas visit or contact us at The Big Plant Nursery and ask about our ‘At Home’ Consultancy Service if you’re not sure where to start.


Tel: 0118 934 1757