Trees do not need to be large towering specimens covering a yard. There are many trees which are beautiful but need the right location.
Planting the wrong tree can lead to many problems over the years. From the mess they can produce, fruit that stains, root systems that can get into sewer lines and root systems that can destroy concrete walkways..
“What Is A Small Tree”?
With all the beautiful varieties available consider a “small tree” one that reaches about 25 to 30 feet at maturity.
The Top 10 Tree will vary depending on your location, always check with a nursery professional to make sure you are selecting the right variety for your growing zone and space.
Sunset has put together a list 10 “perfect” trees for that small corner of your yard – can find them at- Top 10 Small Trees.
Here’s the list from Sunset:
- Japanese maple
- Crape Myrtle
- Vine Maple
- Hop Bush
- Ornamental Crabapple
- Fringe Tree
- Kousa Dogwood
- Saucer Magnolia
- Dwarf Hinoki False Cypress
This Old House has a collection of over 15 trees for small yards. That includes Witch Hazel, Paper Birch and Eastern Redbud.
At the forestry blog at About.com they also have a collection of 10 small yard trees. Their list includes Ironwood, Southern Hawthorn and the Allegheny Serviceberry
Finally Better Homes and Gardens has a nice collection of roughly 20 favorite small trees which includes recommended “Standout Varieties.”
There is plenty to choose to find that perfect specimen. Everyone seems to agree on Crape Myrtle, Dogwood and Saucer Magnolia!
Another of interest is the family of the Orchid Tree Bauhinia.