Why are my evergreen plants shedding their foliage?

Why are my evergreen plants shedding their foliage?

Our extensive range of evergreen trees and shrubs at our evergreen tree nursery continue to sell very well. We have a large range of different species and sizes to choose from.

However, as we move towards late spring and early summer, many of our customers are still contacting us concerned about their evergreen trees and shrubs shedding their foliage.

The term “evergreen” can be misleading as all leaves on evergreen trees and shrubs will eventually wear out and drop as the new growth emerges. The old foliage will lose its green appearance and will show black spots. This is perfectly natural. It is where the old leaf is breaking down and once on the ground will naturally decompose and this is where compost comes from! The sole purpose of leaves is to absorb sunlight, which will be converted through photosynthesis into food.

The leaves or needles on evergreen trees and shrubs give the appearance that they never shed their foliage. At the beginning of spring, when they start to shed their old leaves in abundance, as the new bud shoots are coming through, there is the misconception that something is wrong. Nature is doing what it should and there is usually nothing to worry about. However, if you are ever concerned, always seek the advice of an expert as soon as you can.

Whatever your reasons for wanting an evergreen tree or shrub, we are sure we can accommodate your requirements. Our range includes Leylandii (fast growing), Griselinia littoralis and Quercus ilex (suitable for coastal conditions) and Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – always a favourite with lots of spring interest. Their delicate white flowers are coming to an end now but what a spectacle they have been.

At Arundel Arboretum, a well-defined tree and shrub nursery, we have wide selection of evergreen trees and shrubs suitable for all conditions. We shall look forward to your visit, where our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be very happy to assist you with your purchase and offer advice on any concerns you may have regarding the health of your plants.


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