Deciduous Trees

Deciduous Trees are a type of tree that seasonally sheds their leaves for part of the year—typically in the autumn. As a natural occurring process for conserving water during winter or drought seasons, deciduous trees will often display bright autumn colors as they prepare for shedding their leaves as the production of chlorophyll pigments is decreased. Deciduous trees are commonly found in temperate forest biomes, and mixed subtropical and tropical biomes.

Why do leaves change color in autumn?

Leaves on trees change color in the fall season due to reduced chlorophyll pigment production in preparation for shedding their leaves for the winter. Brighter leaf colors occur in environments where nights are cold and days are shorter.

Why do trees lose their leaves?

Trees shed their leaves to conserve water for either the winter season in temperate climates or for the dry season in tropical and subtropical environments.

What is a Deciduous Tree?

Deciduous Trees are trees that naturally shed their leaves during specific seasons.

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Deciduous Trees

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25’-30’ | 7.6-9.1 m
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Ginkgo | Maidenhair Tree
Dimensioned elevation drawing of the Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree measuring height and canopy size

The Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree, Ginkgo bilboa, is a deciduous tree with a large angular canopy and long erratic branches as it grows with a pyramidal silhouette. The Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree also grows deep roots and has fan-shaped leaves with veins that radiate out.

This species of tree is native to native to China with the first Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree first appearing over 290 million years ago. The Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree has a long lifespan as it can live up to 3,000 years. Although the Gingko (Maidenhair) Tree has withstood the test of time it currently does not provide much wildlife value.

Detailed plan and elevation drawings of the Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree
The Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree, Ginkgo bilboa, is a deciduous tree with a large angular canopy and long erratic branches as it grows with a pyramidal silhouette. The Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree also grows deep roots and has fan-shaped leaves with veins that radiate out.

Detailed plan and elevation drawings of the Ginkgo (Maidenhair) Tree
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Height: 25’-50’ | 7.5-15.2 m
Width (Canopy): 25’-35’ | 7.6-10.7 m
Leaf Shape: Fan shaped with leaf blade
Leaves (Length): 2”-3.9” | 5-10 cm
Color: Green, Yellow (Seasonal)
Scientific Name: Ginkgo biloba

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Sassafras Tree
Scale illustration of a Sassafras Tree compared to the size of a person with typical height measurements

The Sassafras Tree, Sassafras albidum, is a type of deciduous tree that has become distinguished by its aromatic properties as all parts of the tree are aromatic. The Sassafras Tree can be recognized by its slender branches covered with smooth orange-brown bark. It has 3 distinct leaf patterns – unlobed oval, bilobed, and trilobed.

The Sassafras Tree is native to eastern North America and eastern Asia preferring wet and well-drained soils. The Sassafras Tree thrives in moist sites and has an average lifespan of 100 years. The fruit of the Sassafras Tree is eaten by deer, bears, wild turkeys, and birds.

Detail and outline silhouette illustrations of a Sassafras Tree
The Sassafras Tree, Sassafras albidum, is a type of deciduous tree that has become distinguished by its aromatic properties as all parts of the tree are aromatic. The Sassafras Tree can be recognized by its slender branches covered with smooth orange-brown bark. It has 3 distinct leaf patterns.

Detail and outline silhouette illustrations of a Sassafras Tree
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Height: 49’-66’ | 14.9-20.1 m
Width (Canopy): 40’-50’ | 12.2-15.2 m
Leaf Shape: Mitten-shaped, 3-lobed, or ovate
Leaves (Length): 4.0”-6.0” | 10.2-15.2 cm
Color: Yellow, orange, red, brown
Scientific Name: Sassafras albidum

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Sycamore Tree
Scale comparison illustration of a Sycamore Tree compared to the size of a person labeled with height dimensions

The Sycamore Tree, Acer pseudoplatanus, is a large deciduous tree with serrated leaves and a wide canopy. The Sycamore Tree is recognizable by its bark with irregular patches, green-yellow flowers, and domed crown. The leaves of the tree have 5 lobes with thick veins the protrude on the underside.

It is naturally found in both Central Europe and Western Asia and prefers moist, well-drained soils. The Sycamore Maple has a long lifespan ranging between 200 to 500 years. The Sycamore Tree provides valuable food to wildlife through its leaves, pollen of its flowers, and seeds.

Pair of illustrations of a Sycamore Tree in both detail and silhouette elevations
The Sycamore Tree, Acer pseudoplatanus, is a large deciduous tree with serrated leaves and a wide canopy. The Sycamore Tree is recognizable by its bark with irregular patches, green-yellow flowers, and domed crown. The leaves of the tree have 5 lobes with thick veins the protrude on the underside.

Pair of illustrations of a Sycamore Tree in both detail and silhouette elevations
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Height: 100’-135’ | 30.5-41.1 m
Width (Canopy): 100’-135’ | 30.5-41.1 m
Leaf Shape: Broad 3-5 lobe
Leaves (Width): 4.0”-10.0” | 10.2-25.4 cm
Color: Medium to dark green; tan to brown (fall)
Scientific Name: Platanus occidentalis

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Dogwood Tree
Dimensioned drawing of a Dogwood Tree with a person for scale

The Dogwood Tree, Cornus florida, is a deciduous tree, easily distinguished by its showy white blossoms, berries, and distinguishable bark. The Dogwood Tree has untoothed leaves with veins and grows in a rounded shape. There are between 30 to 60 different species of Dogwood Trees.

Most Dogwood Tree Species are native to boreal Eurasia, North America with various native species particularly found in China, Japan, and the southeastern United States, preferring moist soils. Dogwood Trees have an average lifespan of 80 years, but are vulnerable to fungus. The fruits, drupes, produced by the Dogwood Tree are eaten by migrating birds, deer, chipmunks, and black bears.

Multiple elevation drawings of a Dogwood Tree illustrated in detail and in silhouette profiles
The Dogwood Tree, Cornus florida, is a deciduous tree, easily distinguished by its showy white blossoms, berries, and distinguishable bark. The Dogwood Tree has untoothed leaves with veins and grows in a rounded shape. There are between 30 to 60 different species of Dogwood Trees.

Multiple elevation drawings of a Dogwood Tree illustrated in detail and in silhouette profiles
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Height: 25’-40’ | 7.6-12.2 m
Width (Canopy): 20’-30’ | 6.1-9.1 m
Leaf Shape: Oval
Leaves (Length): 3.0”-6.0” | 7.6-15.2 cm
Color: Green slightly pale below
Scientific Name: Cornus Florida

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Blue Palo Verde Tree
Elevation drawing of a Blue Palo Verde Tree with dimensions for typical overall height

The Blue Palo Verde Tree, Parkinsonia florida, is a deciduous tree with a name translating to ‘green pole or stick’ referring to its green trunk and branches. The Blue Palo Verde is multi-stemmed and has a long hanging canopy. The tree is native to Sonoran deserts in the southwestern part of the United States and northwestern Mexico preferring soil with good drainage and low amounts of moisture.

The Blue Palo Verde Tree grows fast and has a lifespan of up to 100 years. The Blue Palo Verde Tree produces seeds, nectar, and shaded cover creating wildlife value.

The Blue Palo Verde Tree, Parkinsonia florida, is a deciduous tree with a name translating to ‘green pole or stick’ referring to its green trunk and branches. The Blue Palo Verde is multi-stemmed and has a long hanging canopy. The tree is native to Sonoran deserts in the southwestern United States.

Blue Palo Verde Tree
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Leaf Shape: Tiny leaves with pods
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Light green; yellow (seasonal)
Scientific Name:
Parkinsonia florida

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