Deciduous trees are known as “Nature’s Air Conditioners”.
When planted on the northern or western side of the house, they provide shade in summer and let the light and sun through in winter.
The leaves of many species turn wonderful colours in autumn before dropping their leaves. These fallen leaves, when raked onto garden beds, provide the best mulch. Digging them through clay soil will assist to break up the clay and help to turn it into useful soil.
After winter, many varieties produce masses of flowers on bare stems before the leaves appear. A certain reminder that spring has arrived.
Many deciduous trees also display beautifully coloured trunks in winter and interesting branch structures.