All About Deciduous Conifers

It’s one of those things you learn in school: deciduous trees have leaves that fall off each year while coniferous trees have needles that stay on year round. You were likely taught that trees fall into these two categories, but many people don’t know that there’s a third category that straddles the two.

Known as deciduous conifers, these trees have cones and needles like conifer trees, but feature needles that change colors each year and fall out in autumn like deciduous trees. There are about 20 different species of deciduous conifers. These trees have the beauty of conifers, but since they change colors, they have more variety than others.

For example, let’s look at the dawn redwood, one of the most popular deciduous conifers we sell here at Cold Stream Farm. Native to China, these trees can grow up to 90 feet tall and have foliage that is medium to bright green. The autumn foliage turns a unique pinkish tan to reddish bronze color, adding a unique sight to any yard.

These trees grow very quickly, and thrive in slightly acidic soils with full sunlight. The tree can be easily transplanted, but owners should avoid frost pockets since early fall frosts can stunt growth if planed later in the year. This type of tree is a popular shade tree option, seen often in golf courses and backyards.

Some other popular types of deciduous conifers are known commonly as larch trees, though the Chinese swamp cypress, bald cypress and pond cypress are also deciduous conifers.

If you are interested in dawn redwood trees or any other type of plant for your home or business, Cold Stream Farm has got you covered. We provide trees of all shapes and sizes and can consult with you on the best type of tree for your location. Shop our inventory online now, or call us today at 231-464-5809 to learn more.