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Trees for Small Gardens

There are numerous trees that are small enough for planting into limited spaces but careful consideration is required when choosing them.

Height and spread is obviously the most important decision to be made because even small ornamental trees can eventually reach 7 metres high and 5m wide or more.

In most situations the spread of the tree is the most restrictive factor so you should choose a narrow columnar tree such as:

Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ / Japanese flowering cherry
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’ / Mountain ash, rowan
Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

If the height must be restricted, consider;

Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ / Japanese maple
Amelanchier laevis ‘Ballerina’ / June berry
Cercis siliquastrum / Judas tree

The above and other small garden trees have seasonal interest such as flowers, berries, interesting bark and beautiful autumn colours. Some having more than just one!

Flowers

Amelanchier / June berry
Cercis siliquastrum / Judas tree
Malus toringo / Crab apple
Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ / Japanese flowering cherry

Berries

Amelanchier / June berry
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’ / Mountain ash, rowan
Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Interesting bark

Acer griseum / paperbark maple

Autumn colours

Acer griseum / paperbark maple
Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ / Japanese maple
Amalanchier / June berry
Malus toringo / Crab apple
Prunus serrulata ‘Amanogawa’ / Japanese flowering cherry
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’ / Mountain ash, rowan
Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Topiary trees

Other trees for small garden options are topiary trees. For example, Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) are large trees but can be maintained at small sizes due to their ability to withstand constant pruning and their regeneration of growth. Others include Fagus sylvatica (beech), Prunus lusitanica (Portuguese laurel) and Taxus baccata (yew). They can all be found in various stages of maturity in the following forms.

Topiary forms

Box head
Cone
Dome
Ball
Columns
Pyramids

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