Summer Foliage Favourites

Flowers can be fleeting, but foliage is a key feature of trees for much of the year. The most obvious attributes of leaves are their colour and shape, which can vary wildly. Scent is also a feature in some species. The density of the foliage can be used to impact a garden, with an airy canopy creating dappled shade and dense foliage used to create privacy or reduce noise.

Here are five of our favourite trees for foliage right now:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum – the heart shaped leaves can take on wonderful colours and release a distinctive caramel scent.

Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’ – The attractive small leaves are vibrant green-yellow in summer and yellow in autumn.

Corylus avellana ‘Red Majestic’ – The deeply ribbed purple foliage hangs on intriguing twisted branches.

Acer palmatum ‘Westonbirt Seedling’ – Cultivated at the famous Westonbirt Arboretum, this variety has elegant long lobes, plus a stunning show of autumn colour.

Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ – For year round foliage, ‘Argentea Marginata’ is hard to beat with it’s glossy, spiky foliage that has a pretty cream margin.

For more varieties with colourful leaves, visit our trees with coloured foliage department.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (left) and Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata' (right)

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (left) and Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata’ (right)

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