Trees For Small Gardens

Blog update – July 2012.

We now have a fantastic Small Garden Trees section on our website with the following categories to give you a full and comprehensive choice of Trees For Small Gardens. Take a look and find your perfect small tree.

Flowering Trees For Small Gardens

Patio Trees For Small Gardens

Evergreen Trees For Small Gardens

All Small Garden Trees

This blog is packed with tree ideas for small gardens. For those of us with small gardens, patio gardens or courtyard gardens choosing a tree is an important task. Often there is room for only one tree, so this single specimen must provide us with the most tree for our money. Trees for small gardens should be chosen not only for their limited height and spread but also for their features, as often a singular tree will become a feature tree within a small garden. If you are planning a patio or balcony garden and require small patio trees for containers take a look at our blog ‘trees for patios’

Firstly consider an ornamental tree such as a small flowering cherry tree. There a few blossom trees for small gardens such as;

Prunus pendula ‘Pendula Rubra’

A weeping cherry tree growing to just 3 x 3 meters in 20 years. This attractive small blossom tree will do well in most positions and provides a mass of pink colour in March-April. Read more here…

There are many other ornamental trees suitable for small gardens, some with year round interest such as;

Abies koreana

This small, slow growing fir tree has striking blue/purple cones in the autumn that stand out beautifully against the bright, glossy green needle-like leaves. This elegant tree produces a pyramid shape and height and spread of 3 x 2 meters in 20 years.

Aralia elata ‘Aureovariegata’

This very rare and slow growing shrub is extremely beautiful with mid-green, pinnate foliage with a creamy yellow variegation. This small rounded tree will grow to just 2.5 x 3 meters in 20 years.

Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Angel’

Red berries are produced in the autumn which really jump out at you from the dark, glossy, spiky foliage. This bushy tree or shrub will grow to 2 x 2 meters in 20 years and is ideal for use as a screen, hedge, backdrop or for year round interest.

Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow’

This small tree boasts attractive vivid blue foliage that is evergreen. It is very tightly columnar in habit and will grow to 2.5 x 0.5 meters in 20 years and not much more. Read more here…

…Other small garden trees with striking autumn colour;

Cornus kousa chinensis

This spectacular small tree produces masses of white flower bracts in May that will slowly fade to pinkish hues. Foliage is oval with a pointed tip and dark green turning vivid orange and red autumn colours. Growing to 3 x 3 meters in 20 years . Read more here…

Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’

In autumn the attractive foliage takes on startling shades of green, orange, yellow and red. One of the smallest maple varieties ‘Red Pygmy’ will reach a height of only 2 x 1 metres in 20 years.Read more here…

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pupurea Pendula’

Perfect for small spaces this variety, unlike many other beech will grow to only 3 x 3 meters in 20 years. Cascading, pendulous branches are smothered in red foliage in spring, deep purple/green in summer and then bronze and gold in the autumn. Read more here…

For more small ornamental garden trees click here

Another great small garden idea is to opt for dwarf fruit trees or ready trained fruit trees that will take up little room. For more information on ready trained trees suitable for small gardens such as espalier, cordon, fan and step-over trees please see our blog ‘Ready Trained Trees Explained’.

Fruit trees are grown on rootstocks which help to determine the final height of the tree.

Apple trees for small gardens can be grown on M27, M9 or M26 rootstocks.

A rough guide to the final heights of apples on differing rootstocks would be;

M27   2 meters in 10 years

M9     2.5 meters in 10 years

M26   3 meters in 10 years

Pear trees for small gardens should be grown on Quince C rootstock.

Cherry trees for small gardens should be grown on Gisela 5 rootstock.

Plum trees for small gardens should be grown on Pixy rootstock.

More in depth detail about the final height of a particular variety can be found on the product page itself, under the ‘size guide’ tab. For more information on rootstocks please see ‘Fruit Tree Rootstocks Explained’.

For information about trees that can be grown in pots see our blog ‘Trees For Pots

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