Across the nation we are seeing more and more people move to the city. Never in our history have we seen as many urban dwellers as we do now. This fact is changing many things, but as far as landscape design goes we are seeing people design for smaller yards or incorporating trees in their garden. Lets look at some great small trees that you can use at your home.
Super Small Trees (Under 10′ Tall)
The sargent crabapple ranges in growth from 6′ to 10′ it is a late spring bloomer that has pink buds that open to white blossoms. In addition to the great spring time flowers this tree adds color to your landscape in the Fall and Winter. It really is a top notch small tree.
The Ann Magnolia is a selection that came out of the US National Arboretum’s breeding program in the mid-50’s as part of the “Little Girl” series. The breeding program is still going strong and still coming out with impressive new trees and shrubs. The Ann Magnolia has a really cool flower that resembles a purple tulip. With this 8′ to 10′ flowering tree you sometimes get a bonus bloom where it blossoms again.
Kousa Dogwood. I recently purchased a Kousa Dogwood, I like the fact that it is 4 season tree adding ornamental value in all 4 seasons. The late blooming flowers can help extend the spring flowering trees season if you coordinate it right with other trees in your yard. It also is cold hardy for a flowering dogwood make this tree a good choice for colder zones. At 15′ to 25′ tall at maturity this at the upper end of what I consider a small tree, but it is good fit for many yards.
Another great ornamental flowering tree is the Downy Serviceberry. This small “tree” is really a large shrub that can be trained into a single trunk tree. The combination of flowers, brilliant fall color, and wildlife value will add lots of visual enjoyment to your yard. Again at 15′ to 25′ tall at maturity it is at the upper end of a small tree but it really is a wonderful little tree.
As far as small conifers my favorite by far is the Emerald Arborvitae. Adding a conifer to landscape adds green to your landscape all year round. In Nebraska and other 4 season states having some green in the winter is much needed. I like the Emerald Arborvitaes short and narrow form that it can hold with little or no maintenance. Also the fact that it can be used for a privacy screen or a hedge is a nice added bonus. This Arborvitae ranges in size from 10′ to 15′ so it is a nice size for almost any location in yard.
List of Small Trees
Here is a list small trees some are “trees” meaning that they are really shrubs but you can train them to be a single trunk so they look like trees. All of the trees on this list of small trees available at Arbor Day’s Tree Nursery
|Purpleleaf Sand Cherry||7′||10′|
|Pee Gee Hydrangea||10′||20′|
|Japanese Red Maple||15′||25′|
|Prairefire Flowering Crab||15′||20′|
|Red Cloud Dogwood||15′||20′|
|Centennial Star Magnolia||15′||25′|