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Trees for Small Yards Looking for the perfect specimen for your suburban lot? Consider one of the many beautiful varieties that remain under 25 to 30 feet at maturity.
There are plenty of lovely options in trees for small yards, including the common witch hazel.
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One of the most beautiful North American native trees, flowering dogwood bears pink or white springtime flowers, bright red fruits in late summer, and outstanding purple-red fall foliage.
The ultimate in four-season beauty, ‘Autumn Brilliance’ serviceberry bears clusters of white flowers in spring, delicious dark blue fruits in summer, outstanding red fall color, and attractive silvery-gray bark.
Valued for its outstanding display of pink or white flowers in spring, redbud is an easy-to-grow small tree with delightful heart-shape leaves that turn golden-yellow in fall.
Standout Varieties: ‘Forest Pansy’ has purple foliage that fades to dark green in late summer; ‘Silver Cloud’ has white-splashed leaves; ‘Royal White’ has pure-white flowers.
Standout Varieties: ‘Arapaho’ has red blooms and purple-tinged foliage and good disease resistance; ‘Catawba’ has purple flowers, brilliant fall color, and good disease resistance.
A Southern-garden gem, crape myrtle offers big clusters of frilly flowers in shades of pink, red, lavender, or white in summer and fall.
Magnificent when it blooms in late spring and early summer, golden chain tree produces hanging clusters to 2 feet long of yellow flowers that resemble wisteria.
It’s kind of an ugly duckling when first planted, but then it grows into a tree that’s soft textured in the summer, and it has no disease or insect issues.” Growing 60-75 feet with a 40- to 50-foot spread, this unique native (Gymnocladus dioicus) is tolerant of urban conditions, limestone soils, and dry or moist settings.
You’ve probably never heard of this small tree.  After one glance, you may want to hear more, because come late summer time it is a standout in the landscape.  Loaded with fragrant white flowers in late summer, then deep rose-colored calyxes in autumn, and finally an interesting exfoliating bark in winter, it is a fantastic replacement for more invasive but temptingly bright bushes like Burning Bush (Euyonymus alata).
   A handsome, large deciduous tree, with elegant spreading branches and dark purple leaves which turn copper in autumn and are a shimmering bronze in spring.
 Comments:  Redmond Linden makes a very hardy and tough tree.  Redmond grows rapidly and develops heavy caliper as a young tree, becoming pyramidal and symmetrical as it matures.  Its large leaves give it a coarser textured appearance.  It has a uniform shape with reddish branches in winter.
Description: Will make a very nice round to broad-round tree reaching a height of 25-50′.  The attractive, rose-red flowers bloom in June atop the lustrous green leaves.
A very fast growing tree (3-4ft/year)!! They make a beautiful show piece tree for your lawn. The tree has all white wisteria flowers which bloom in June and are extremely fragrant and is hardy.
I had to get this one….in fact I liked it so much I got 2.  the deep copper that the new leaves change from to green and the general weeping shape of the tree.
 An incredible and enormous accent tree with deep purple foliage all season long, a most stately specimen; quite particular about growing conditions, requires rich soil and significant moisture, give it lots of room to grow and look its best.
An amazing looking tree in the spring yet whereas this plant puts on a second show in autumn and that one is even more dramatic than the one in spring.  Blackgum, or Nyssa sylvatica or Black Tupelo as it is also called is a beautiful tree.
"Sassafras.  It isn’t called anything else, unless you ask the children: to them it’s a "mitten tree" because of the bilobed leaves, so distinctive that any grade schooler can identify this tree.  No common names, no cultivars, just the one fizzy, sibilant, Indian sounding name: Sassafras.
However, they require space as they produce Juglans which is a chemical that can kill or hamper growith of other plants or trees.  I recommend anyone who can plant one or more of this beautiful nut tree.
 A small (20 to 25′) tree with a rich, smooth, light tan-white bark.
Chestnut trees are loved for not only their chestnuts, leaves but also their floral display.  Usually, they are seen in white but with this cultivar, Red is the colour of the flowers.
If you love bright red autumn foliage,  look no further than the slow-growing, easy-care sourwood tree.
The Butternut tree is the reason I got into trees in the first place.  I saw one of these almost tropical looking trees in a park near where I live and couldn’t identify what it was.  When I did, I had to have one! Then I read up about them and found out how rare they are and endangered.
You better get one or you will regret it when you see one on your neighbours lawn! We have one!    Horse Chestnut Tree                                                      Price $    Availability Tree      3ft  1-2 gal                                              15.00                      4                           New   The Horse Chestnut is a stately tree 30 and 40 metres in height.  It can live for up to 250 years and generally dies from wind damage.
The bark is amber colored with medium texture, branches are armed with slender 1-3 inch thorns.This is the showiest of the Hawthorns, double scarlet to rose, flowers in the spring.  Nice oval shape dense upright spreading oval.
Leaves turn a deep to reddish-purple in mid to late fall to provide spectacular fall color.  The clean winter outline is upright to pyramidal when young and becomes broadly oval at maturity.
Also the Ginkgo is well known for its medicinal properties.  This tree can be used anywhere as it is very poor soil tolerant.
 If you’re looking for something spectacular and exotic that is extremely easy to grow, be the first one in your town to showcase this tree on your lawn.
‘Redmond’ Linden (Basswood)                                                                Price $      Availability Tree                                          35mm                    75.00             3                 New     Redmond’ Linden grows 35 to 45 feet tall and 20 to 40 feet wide forming a pyramidal shape with upright branches and shiny leaves and is quite drought-tolerant.
  This small-medium tree has one of the most charming chestnut-brown peeling bark.
Make a row of them at the front of your property! A tree with thorns but extremely beautiful when in bloom.
The knees only appear if planted in or near water.  However, a neat looking tree for the tree collector.
   A stunning specimen tree.
Yellowwood is thought to be one of the best medium-sized,  flowering tree.
 Here’s a tree worthy of being a focal point in the connoisseur’s garden.
Comments: Ericaceae-Heather and Rhodie family origin.  Absolutely my wifes favourite tree on earth.
 This tree is very resistant to disease, pests and pollution.
 An amazing looking little tree.
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Flowering ornamental trees add pizzazz in the spring and gorgeous foliage in the summer to any landscape or yard.
Many ornamental trees are flowering and the time of flowering, mainly early spring, will draw attention to the landscape.
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Flowering ornamental trees are a large section in the ornamental tree category.
Ornamental trees beautify our surroundings with interesting shapes, patterns, colors, scents, and seasonal changes.
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Crape Myrtle– Our most popular flowering tree! White, Pink, Purple, Red – there is a flowering Crape Myrtle for every landscape! In addition to being beautiful, the Crape Myrtle is adaptable to various soil types and disease resistant… also relatively drought tolerant.
Flowering Cherry Trees – One of the first flowering trees to bloom in spring! These versatile trees come in a variety of colors and forms, and are hardy and adaptable.
‘Autumn Brilliance’ is a hybrid Apple Serviceberry tree, also known as the Juneberry tree.  It can be allowed to get shrubby, or side shoots can be periodically pruned from the trunk.  This Serviceberry is often sold in a tree form with a single or multiple trunks, and is fairly easy to maintain the form.  ‘Autumn Brilliance’ flowers early, producing lightly fragrant drooping clusters of white blooms tinged with pink, that mature fully white.  The blooms are larger than the original Serviceberry hybrid, creating a spectacular display in early spring.  Small round berries follow the blooms.  The berries are green when young and turn red, then when fully mature the berries are dark purple-black.  The berries are edible and sweet.  The leaves open purplish then are blue green in summer, turning bright orange red in autumn.  The outstanding ornamental features from spring through fall make ‘Autumn Brilliance’ an excellent specimen tree in the home landscape.  It is a small enough ornamental to be well suited to a shrub border.  Overall it is easy to grow and maintain, despite occasional pruning of side shoots and suckers.  Pruning is not generally required, but should be done in late winter or very early spring.  Disease resistance is very good, but may occasionally be attacked by leaf miners or aphids.  This sturdy tree is tough enough to use in the street boulevard or planting strips that are 6 feet wide, and is moderately tolerant of soil salt.  ‘Autumn Brilliance’ will grow to 10 feet in five to ten years depending on conditions.
It's form is slightly rounded to ovoid with dark green leaves.  Be aware that some, specifically the Korean Mountain Ash (Sorbus alnifolia) can reach 50 feet tall.  It has an oval to rounded form and is hardy in zones 5-7.  European Mountain Ash, ‘Sorbus aucuparia’ is hardy in zones 4 to 7, and reaches about 20-40 feet tall, so also a little on the larger side.   All Mountain Ash produce white spring flowers that develop to  large showy clusters of bright red-orange fruits that hold on through winter until the birds finish them off.  Leaves are compound, multiple fine leaves on each leaf stem., The leaves are one of the first to open up in spring.   Mountain ash is resistant to pests, with the exception of borers.  The bark and young stems of Mountain Ash trees are susceptible to rabbit and rodent damage in winter.  Wrap the stems/trunk with a collar or hardware cloth available at garden centers to protect them.  Beautiful tree, but some will produce sucker shoots.
There is some confusion in the nursery trade and even among botanists regarding the Shadbush tree.  It is often confused with the Amelendhier arborea Downy Serviceberrry.  They are very similar, the only notable difference is the Downy Serviceberry blooms a bit earlier and has larger flowers.  The Shadbush and Downy Serviceberry are generally multi-stemmed trees or shrubs.  Minimal pruning of the main trunk and stems will keep it in tree form quite easily.  Downy Serviceberry is the maintains the most tree-like form of the serviceberries.  White upright clusters of flowers are produced in early spring just as the leaves begin to open.  The bloom period is quite brief, but the flowery show is wonderful.  Eventually the blooms give way to tiny red or blue-black fruits that are quite show and attract birds.  Bright green foliage turns brilliant yellow-orange or red in fall, one of the first trees to color.  Amelanchier Shadbush and Downy Serviceberry prefer a filtered shade if possible and moist to wet soil.  However they are quite adaptable to drier soil if they receive adequate water when they are establishing.  Amelanchier commonly produces root suckers, the grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is not so persistent with suckers.  Amelanchier is generally not afflicted with serious disease or insect problems.  May occasionally be affected by rust.
 Witch Hazel: (Hamamelis virginiana ‘Common Witch Hazel’)  Full sun to part shade  Flowering tree  Hardy in zones 4-8.  This large well rounded, vase shaped shrub,  prunes very easily to a tree form by simply removing lower foliage from the bottom up.  It is multi stemmed and form is open and attractive.  Spidery yellow flowers have a spicy fragrance, blooming in October and November after foliage begins to drop.  The shrub may still be in bloom after snow is on the ground.  Leaves open reddish bronze and mature to green, finally turning yellow in fall.  Witch Hazel prefers a moist, cool, acidic soil.  Excellent for very late autumn interest and in open, natural areas.  Reaches 15 feet high and wide, has been known to reach 20 -25 feet high in good conditions.
Tiger Eyes Sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’):  Full sun  Zones 3-8  Tiger Eyes Dwarf Sumac is more of a shrub than a tree, but it gets quite large and has a stunning effect when the trunk is pruned of its’ branches from the ground up at least a few feet.  In ten years time it will only reach about 6 feet, and you can keep it sheared to control size as a shrub.  At full maturity it can grow to 15 feet with a spread of 15 to 30 feet.  When pruned to a tree, the foliage forms a wide canopy.  The lemon green foliage turn to intense scarlet and orange in autumn.  This tree does require a maintenance commitment, not just to maintain a tree form, but it can be a moderately aggressive spreader.  The spreading is relatively slow, not nearly as aggressive as species sumac.  Underground runners will send up suckers, which need to be removed when then tree is dormant.  When allowed to mass as a shrub, the result is striking.  This gorgeous specimen tree may be worth it, both for the interesting form and bright foliage all summer, and the vibrant fall color.  Hardy in zones 3-8.  Grow in full sun for best autumn color.  Female plants will develop reddish fall fruit clusters.
Pussy Willow ‘Kilmarnock’:  (Salix caprea)  Full sun Hardy in zones 4-8.  “Kilmarnock’ is the most common pussy willow cultivar for garden use.  It is a male clone, the similar female clone is ‘Weeping Sally”.  ‘Pendula’, for weeping, is often attached to the cultivar name.  It is quite a delightful little tree, despite some of its’ potential problems.  Branches are stiffly weeping, and beautiful in winter when covered with catkins.  The male catkins are a quite showy, 1 1/2-2 inch silvery white, followed by golden anthers in April and May.  Fine green foliage follows.  They are grafted on erect stems of other willow, so the height is determined by the height of the trunk on which it was grafted.  They are generally sold as a small tree, the taller ones are generally marketed as a large full standard.  If sold on it’s own roots, it will creep across the ground.  Mature height of the actual bush is 18-24 inches.  Pussy Willow is fast growing, prefers moist soil conditions, and adapts to pH.  Will grow well in a large container and transplants easily.  Will also tolerate some shade.  Ideal for wet open sites.  Drawbacks in a garden or landscape:  prone to insect, disease and canker problems; suckers; constant “litter” under the tree; and prone to wind and ice limb breakage.
The leaves emerge bronzed purple and mature to a shiny green, with dense fine branching.  The foliage turns red, yellow or orange in autumn.  Serviceberry can be somewhat sensitive to disease and insect problems, but not serious enough to cause serious problems.  Allegheny Serviceberry is very easy to grow and provides year round interest in the landscape.  The flowers will attract bees and butterflies in spring, the berries will attract birds which minimizes berry litter.  Allegheny Serviceberry is very similar to Amelanchier arborea Downy Serviceberry.  The only notable difference is Allegheny Serviceberry has a smooth hairless leaf, purple-bronze new growth and a sweeter juicier berry.  Allegheny Serviceberry is fine textured and graceful, and is a wonderful choice for shrub borders, woodland edge or ornamental accent tree.  It is moderately tolerant of air and soil salt as well as urban pollution, so it will do well as a street or boulevard tree.  Maintaining a tree form will require occasional pruning, easiest to maintain if purchased pruned to tree form.  Unpruned in shrub form and planted 10 to 20 feet apart they will form a tall informal hedge or privacy screen.
Birch generally have multiple trunks and an oval form.  Most Birch prefer cold northern climates, do best in moist soil and do not tolerate shade.  River Birch produce both male and female flowers.  The male flowers are long catkins and are produced in autumn, generally remaining on the tree through winter.  In spring the male catkins produce a lot of pollen.  Female catkins are produced in spring, are pollinated, and form fruit.  The fruit is an inch long “cone” filled with seed.  Some birch tend to sucker, controlling them can be difficult.  Many cultivars are hardy to zone 2 and some can reach as tall as 70’.  River Birch does best in a moist well drained site, but tolerates compacted soils and wet conditions.  A smaller birch which is very hardy is the Betula pendula ‘Youngii’.  It grows from 6 to 12 feet with “weeping” branches, drooping toward the ground.  Birch tend to have a shorter life expectancy than most trees and grows quite quickly.  It is hardy to zone 3.
Chinese Dogwood:  (Cornus kousa) Part to Full Sun  Zones 5-8.  Showy flowerheads appear just after the tree begins to leaf out in early spring, lasting into early summer.  The petals gradually turn from white to pink.  The branching form is lovely, and in autumn the foliage is a brilliant bronze, with bright red fruit.  The fruit puts on a show of it’s own, being similar in size and color to a raspberry.  Both birds and butterflies are attracted to this flowering ornamental.  It will grow well in average, well drained soil with medium moisture, it does not tolerate drought well, be sure to keep watered in dry spells.   It will reach 18-25’ high, and up to 25’ wide.  Displays good cold hardiness, and claims of hardiness to zones 3 and 4 have been made, but is probably risky.  Cornus kousa will resist disease better than Cornus florida, and will perform better in midwestern areas.
Allegheny Serviceberry is a multi-trunk tree or shrub that is quite adaptable to sun, part shade or shade.  Flowering will be at its’ best in full sun.  In more shade the crown form will be more open and graceful.  Allegheny Serviceberry will be more tolerant to short periods of drought once it is well established.  In consistently moist soil it will grow tall and fast.  Under ideal conditions it is possible this Serviceberry could reach 30-40 feet high and wide.  Clusters of fragrant white blooms form before the leaves, later giving way to berries in summer.  The berries mature from magenta red to purple to dark purple-black, reaching ripened maturity in June, often called Juneberry because of it.  The edible berries are a good source of iron and copper, and are juicier than those of Amelanchier arborea.  The berries have a taste similar to blueberries.
Fringe Tree:  (Chionanthus virginicus)  Full sun to part shade  Hardy in zones 5-8.  Fringe tree is a slightly rounded and open shaped tree that produces panicles of white “fringed” flowers in late spring.  It prefers a moist fertile soil, but will tolerate wet conditions.  There are male and female trees, fruit will only be produced if both are present, and the males tree’s flowering is slightly more showy.  Hardiness claims have been made for zones 3 and 4, but I have never seen a Fringe tree north of zone 5.  Reaches 15-20 feet.
Rose Tree, Polar Joy:  Full sun to part shade  Hardy in zones 4-7.  A tree rose hardy enough for zone 4, finally!  Rose trees are often a bit of work in the North and Midwest, ‘Polar Joy’ is requires the least care, as easy as any tree or shrub.  It was introduced in 2007 by Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota, experts in winter hardy plants.  This diminutive ornamental, 4 to 8 feet, is covered with continuous clusters of pink blooms.  Do protect this little darling, minimal to moderate just in case, and be sure to get “own root”, if it truly is ‘Polor Joy’ it WILL be.
Amur Chokecherry (Prunus maackii).  (20-30 ft.) I don’t usually recommend trees with inherent problems, but the amur chokecherry has so many good qualities that you may want to go the extra mile to grow this exceptionally beautiful tree.  I first saw the amur chokecherry at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where I couldn’t take my eyes off its smooth coppery bark gleaming in the sun.  While most trees in the rose family are selected for their flowers or fruit, the amur chokecherry is chosen for the colors of its bark which can vary from a gold, copper or bronze to a deep mahogany.  Some amur chokecherry will shed their bark in large papery strips, while others peel only slightly–but all are at their best in winter when one can fully appreciate how extraordinary the bark truly is.  Clusters of tiny, dark fruits that are popular with songbirds follow racemes of slightly fragrant, white flowers.  It is also a caterpillar host and tiger swallowtails can be seen laying their eggs on its leaves in late summer.  Although it is extremely cold-hardy, amur chokecherry does have some major shortcomings such as a susceptibility to fire blight and a tendency to have weak branches.  Its worst problem is its propensity to form girdling roots that can eventually make it tip right out of the ground.  To avoid girdling, choose a tree that hasn’t already started to girdle in the container and make sure your planting hole isn’t too small or has compacted sides.  After about two or three years, carefully dig a trench about six inches wide and six inches deep starting twelve inches from the trunk and completely encircling the tree.  If you find a major root starting to grow toward the trunk, either prune it back or redirect the root away from the tree using stakes to hold it in place.
Flowering Crabapples (Malus) are some of the most widely grown ornamental trees in the North.  Who can resist their fragrant single or double blossoms in shades from white and rosy-pink to burgundy or deep reddish violet?  The red, orange and gold fruit persists all winter long and is a welcome meal for birds migrating back in early spring.  Even the foliage is attractive varying from a light, glossy green to a deep maroon or silvery red.  Unfortunately, over half of the more then 200 varieties have disease or other problems, so it is very important to choose a cultivar that is disease-resistant as well as good-looking.  Some varieties that have proven to be resistant to most diseases are  ‘Adams’ (20 feet tall, a single pink flower with red fruit), ‘Adirondack’ (16 feet tall, white flowers and orange-red fruit), ‘Indian Summer’ (20 feet tall, rose-red flowers, and bright red fruit), ‘Prairifire’ (20 feet tall, pinkish-red blooms and reddish-purple fruit), and ‘Professor Sprenger’ (26 feet tall, white flowers and orange-red fruit).
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"By the way, the trees were a great privacy feature when we sold the last house!  We now have a much larger space .
A few types of miniature ornamental trees bloom with light-colored flowers, making them the perfect backdrop for an already-colorful garden.
Miniature ornamental trees are typically easy to grow and easy to maintain, making them the perfect garden complement for any busy homeowner.
When planted among smaller shrubs and delicate flowers, ornamental trees can look overwhelming if they are not properly integrated into the overall design of the home and garden.
If you’re looking to add a splash of bright color to your home or lawn, crape myrtle trees bloom with bright red flowers and require little maintenance.
For these purposes, choose the Chickasaw plum, weeping cherry, Royal Empress or Natchez crape ornamental trees.
Examine your ornamental trees at least once per year to identify areas that need pruning.
Since they are quite resistant to warm and dry climates, ornamental trees are a perfect addition to many homes and gardens.
Miniature ornamental trees are a perfect fit a warm, dry climate.
Although ornamental trees are much smaller than traditional trees, they are still quite large in comparison to typical garden plantings.
Follow the specific care instructions for the types of ornamental trees you own.
A profusion of showy pink flowers in spring and crimson fruit in fall, upright habit of growth; makes an incredible accent for the smaller home landscape; produces purple foliage and needs full sun and well-drained soil; moderately susceptible to scab.
It blooms in the spring with white flowers, but its greatest attribute is that it smothered in fall with small, dark red, very ornamental fruit that is persistent from October through March.
The name correctly describes the outstanding red fall leaf color, but equally spectacular is the burst of white spring flowers, followed by a small very dark colored edible berry.
A colorful fall show of Crimson Pygmy Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy'), Showy sedum (Sedum spectabile), Miscanthus sinensis grasses and Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida).
Flower in summer when most other trees are just green.  Very colorful plants with the ends of the braches holding large bunches of flowers that come in pink, red, purple, and white.  Habit of the plants can vary from narrow small trees to wide shrubs with multiple stems.  There are also dwarf shrubs available. Newer varieties are much better suited to our winters.
Crabapples (Malus) – Crabapples bloom in early spring about the same time as dogwood trees.  Most commonly used varieties have small berries (apples) that can persist into winter for added interest.  The berries are usually small enough to be eaten by birds and are usually not a problem with fruit dropping on lawns.  Older varieties had problems with various leaf diseases and often dropped their leaves before the end of the summer.  The leaves of newer varieties are resistant to these diseases and are greatly preferred over older varieties.
Japanese Maple Sango Kaku Bark in Winter Paperbark Maple – Great peeling brown bark, nice green leaves in Summer, and good red fall color.
Other Notes: This is one of the first trees to bloom in Spring and one of the last ones to drop its leaves in Fall.
Other Notes: Weeping habit of cascading branches and small size makes this tree ideal an as accent plant that offers four seasons of interest.
Other Notes: Native tree with pretty white bark and trembling leaves.
Fall Color: Orange-red leaves and small 1/4" red fruit.
Other Notes: Leaves are purple in spring and mature to bronze.
Other Notes: Heart-shaped leaves emerge after the flowers.
Other Notes: Dark green, fine textured leaves.
Other Notes: Deep green leaves during the season.
Other Notes: A purple-leaf type that changes color in Fall.
Flowers: Sterile profuse double white blossoms cover the tree in early spring and produce little to no fruit.
The majority of small ornamentals are described as hardy between United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8, although local varieties may be hardy to Zone 9, perhaps with provisions to shelter them from wind and cold.
Small members of the poplar (Populas sp.) and birch (Betula sp.) families may be available in your area, offering interesting bark textures as well as foliage, but some varieties are short-lived.
Among fruit-bearing bloomers, the apple family (Malus sp.) contains a very large number of small apple and crabapple trees.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, small trees grow up to 30 feet in height and can be planted between 6 and 15 feet apart.
Members of the maple family (Acer sp.) grow in nearly all regions of the U.S. Amur maple (Acer ginnala) and Tatar maple (Acer tataricum) display color changes in their leaves from spring through fall.
Varieties of dogwood (Cornus sp.) and magnolia (Magnolia sp.) can be found as small trees.
Distinctive, finely-cut leaves and vivid seasonal color changes make them highly suitable to small spaces where filtered shade suffices.
In addition to adding vertical dimensions to your landscaping, cooling shade and perhaps privacy screening, ornamental trees contribute color and texture to your yard.
Whether your interest in smaller sized trees is due to space constraints, a desire to enhance your landscape with ornamental trees, or you long to grow your own fresh fruits, dwarf trees can be an agreeable solution.
Luckily, there are now many dwarf fruit trees on the market that produce the same sized fruit found on standard trees, but have a much smaller footprint.
Most dwarf ornamental trees fall in the 10 foot or shorter category, but you should still give them plenty of room away from buildings and fences for optimum growth.
It is important to remember that many miniature trees not only need a warm house to live in, but they also need the right level of humidity and sunlight in order to thrive in the winter months.
It is always important to choose dwarf ornamental trees that will do well in your locale’s hardiness zone.
These types of trees are perfect for people who only have a small patio space for their trees or need to bring the plants indoors for the winter.
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   Downy hawthorn 25 20 Broad globe m M Showy, white flowers in spring; red fruit in late summer; bronze fall color, stout thorns.
    serviceberry 25 20 Upright, rounded m M Showy, white flowers in spring; red fruits attract birds, red-orange fall color.
   Amur chokecherry 25 25 Upright, rounded m M Striking, shiny, orange-red bark; white flowers, black fruit, avoid heavy soils.
20 15 Upright, Irregular m M Multi-stemmed tree, early spring white flowers, late purple fruits attract birds, tolerant of alkaline soils, yellow to orange fall color.
    or water birch 20 15 Upright, rounded m H Use in moist soils; yellow fall color, tends to form clumps, cherry-brown bark.
20 15 Rounded m M White flowers, red to purple fruit, orange to red fall color, single-stemmed tree or multi-stemmed shrub.
Smooth gray-brown bark, malodorous white flowers, persistent orange-red fruit, yellow to red-purple fall color.
20 15 Upright, spreading m M White flowers; showy, orange-red fruit; red-orange fall color; narrow thorns.
   Toba hawthorn 15 15 Rounded m M Fragrant, double, white flowers, age to pink; red fruit, short thorns.
    Russian hawthorn 20 15 Upright, spreading m L Finely cut, glossy leaves; white flowers; persistent, red fruit.
    chokecherry 25 20 Rounded f M New green growth turns purple-red, white flowers, purple fruit, suckers like aspen.
   Mayday Tree 30 15 Rounded m M Fragrant chains of white flowers in spring; purple-black fruit.
15 10 Upright, vase m M Double white flowers before leaves, orange-red fall color, dark brown-black bark.
20 18 Rounded m M-L Yellowish-brown bark, many white flowers, thick glossy green leaves, golden-yellow fall color.
  20 Upright, rounded m L Best grown on dry sites to avoid fast, brittle branch growth; large panicles of yellow flowers in summer; Chinese lantern-like pods.
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FLOWERING CRAB, ROYALTY (Malus ‘Royalty’)  Height: 18’-20’, Width: 20’.  Full sun.  The hardiest of the maroon leaved trees we carry.  New growth emerges a rich burgundy, turning a maroon tinged green.  Flowers are a velvety maroon, and produce deep reddish-maroon 5/8” diameter apples.  Fruit persists through the winter, and is not produced in the quantity of other varieties.  A medium growth rate tree for well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 7.
ROSE TREE OF CHINA (Prunus triloba) Height: 10’, Width: 10’.  Full sun to part shade.  A small tree trained from the shrub.  A rounded crown producing double pink flowers in early spring with disease resistant medium green summer foliage.  Does not produce any fruit.  Fall color is yellow tinted with orange.  Prefers well drained soils.  May require staking when young.  Growing zones 2 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, RED BARRON (Malus 'Red Barron')  Height: 12'-15', Width: 5'-6'.  Full sun.  This flowering crab has a distinctive columnar form when young, maturing to a slighlty more rounded shape as it ages.  Spring foliage emerges purple gradually fading to bronze-green.  Single deep reddish-pink flowers produce dark red 1/2" persistent apples.  A newer cultivar with good disease resistance and an excellent growth rate.  Perfect for small yards and tight spaces.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, CORALBURST (Malus ‘Coralcole’) Height: 8’-10‘, Width: 12’-15’.  Full sun.  A slower growing small tree with a compact, dense rounded head that rarely, if ever, needs pruning.  Small medium green foliage follows semi-double red budded, light pink blended flowers.  Fruit is ½” in diameter, reddish-orange, and not produced in the abundance of some other trees.  Grafted on a 48” standard.  Can be used as a substitute for Dwarf Korean Lilac Tree, as the shape is similiar, but the overall size is slightly larger.  Growing zones 3 to 7.
PEAR, PRAIRIE GEM (Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Mordak’) Height: 15’-20’, Width: 15’-20.  Full sun.  A rounded tree with glossy deep green foliage.  A slower grower with a uniform, dense crown that appears as though it has been shaped.  Single white flowers are produced in spring.  No fruit is produced if there are no other pear trees nearby.  Fall foliage is a rusty yellow.  Requires well drained soils.  Growing zones 3b to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, PRAIRIEFIRE ( Malus ‘Prairiefire’)  Height:15’-20’, Width: 20’.  Full sun.  A disease resistant crab with a medium growth rate and a wide spreading, rounded form and a somewhat open canopy.  The foliage emerges deep red, turning to a dark bronze green.  Flowers emerge 1 week later than other varieties, are single, deep pinkish-red, and fruit is 3/8” diameter, dark red and persistant.  A great choice where a light, filtered shade is desired, making it perfect for planting near or in flower beds.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, RED SPLENDOR  (Malus ‘Red Splendor’)  Height: 20’-25’, Width: 20’.  Full sun.  A fast growing wide spreading tree with a rounded crown.  Leaves emerge with a red tint, turning green during the growing season.  Single medium pink flowers produce bright red, ½” diameter apples which hang on the tree until spring.  A favorite of birds in the early spring when food can be hard to find.  Growing zones 3 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, PURPLE PRINCE (Malus ‘Purple Prince’)  Height: 20’, Width: 20’.  Full sun.  An extremely fast growing flowering crab with a dense rounded crown.  Foliage emerges a deep purplish-green, turning deep green through the summer.  Single, deep reddish-pink flowers produce maroon 3/8” diameter apples that persist through winter.  A recent release with excellent disease resistance.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, CAMELOT (Malus ‘Camzam’)  Height: 10’, Width 10’.  Full sun.  A dwarf cultivar with a slightly open crown.  Thick, leathery, disease resistant dark green leaves with red flower buds that open to fuchsia-pink.  Fruit is a rich burgundy, 3/8” in diameter, and persists through the winter.  The spring flower display is about one week later than other varieties, and may be the heaviest flowered variety we carry.  A medium grower for smaller spaces and well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, REJOICE  (Malus, ‘Rejzam')  Height: 15'-20', Width: 15'-20'.  Full sun.  An upright form of flowering crab with a symmetrical crown.  Semi-double rose-pink flowers produce burgundy 1/2" apples.  Dark green foliage is accented with a rich burgundy overcast.  Developed from Red Barron flowering crab, and as a result inherits its fast growth rate and disease resistance.  Best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
AMELANCHIER (SERVICEBERRY), AUTUMN BRILLIANCE (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) Height: 20’-25’, Width: 15’.  Full sun.  A small, multi-stemmed native tree with an open crown.  White blossoms in spring are followed by sweet purplish-black fruit in June that is edible.  The fruit is favored by birds which will consume the berries as soon as they begin to ripen.  Small medium green leaves in summer turn a brilliant red in fall.  A slow to medium grower which performs best in well drained and rich soil, but will grow in drier soils as well.  Growing zones 3b to 7.
MOUNTAIN ASH, SHOWY (Sorbus decora)  Height: 20’, Width: 15’.  Full sun.  A slower growing native mountain ash that is the most hardy of the species.  Clusters of white flowers in spring produce red-orange berries in fall that birds will consume before winter.  Tends to produce heavy fruit crops every other year.  Best on well drained soils.  A great small ornamental tree for tight spaces.  A more durable variety that displays better disease resistance than European Mountain Ash.  Growing zones 2 to 6.
LILAC, JAPANESE TREE (Syringa reticulata)  Height: 25’, Width: 25’.  Full sun to part shade.  A medium growing tree with a more rounded and more open form than Ivory Silk Lilac.  Creamy white 8” to 10” panicles of fragrant flowers appear in mid to late June and persist for up to 3 weeks.  May take several years to produce heavy displays of flowers.  Best in well drained soils, but will tolerate drier, sandy soils.  Fall color is a clear yellow.  Growing zones 3 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, PRAIRIEROSE (Malus ioensis ‘Prairie Rose’)  Height: 20′, Width 18′.  Full sun.  Prairie Rose is a slow growth rate tree with a rounded crown.  The flowers are large double pink blossoms that rarely if ever produce fruit.  Flowers later than most other flowering crabs, and is the only fruitless pink flowering crab available.  Best growth rate on well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
loebneri ‘Merrill’)  Height: 40′, Width: 30′.  Full sun to 1/2 shade.  A hardy tree form Magnolia for northern climates.  Will perform best if planted in a protected area.  Large, 3" white starry lighly fragrant flowers appear in April.  A medium growth rate tree with medium green leaves.  Fall color is insignificant.  Performs best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
HYDRANGEA, LIMELIGHT TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) Height: 6′-8′, Width: 6′-8′.  Full sun to part shade.  Limelight hydrangea trained into tree form.  Bright lime green panicles of flowers slowly turn bright white, then gently fade to green, pink and bronze.  A strong grower and a heavy bloomer.  Strong branches help hold the flower up with less tendency to ‘droop’ than Pee Gee hydrangea.  May require staking when young.  Best on well drained soils, but avoid dry conditions.  Growing zones 3 to 8.
FLOWERING CRAB, SPRING SNOW (Malus ‘Spring Snow’) Height:  25’-30’, Width: 15’.  Full sun.  A fruitless flowering crab!  The perfect choice where a flowering crab is desired, but fruit is unwanted.  Flower buds appear red before opening to large 1 ½” single white fragrant flowers in spring.  A strong grower with a dense well balanced upright oval form and glossy medium green leaves.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
HYDRANGEA, PEE GEE TREE FORM (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’) Height: 8’, Width: 8’-10’.  Full sun to part shade.  Pee Gee Hydrangea shrub trained to a tree form.  Blooms in July and August with showy 4"-6” cone shaped flower panicles that change from white to pink-bronze toward autumn.  Summer foliage is a light green, fall foliage color is insignificant.  May require staking when young.  Best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 4 to 8.
LILAC, DWARF KOREAN (Syringa meyeri ‘Paliban’) Height: 8’, Width: 6’-8’.  Full sun.  A small ornamental tree consisting of Dwarf Korean Lilac shrub grafted onto a Japanese Tree Lilac standard.  The combination creates a ‘lollypop’ shaped tree, with small dark green glossy foliage and fragrant soft lavender flower panicles in late May.  Requires little pruning to maintain its form.  Best in well drained soils, but will tolerate sandy conditions.  Growing zones 4 to 7.
FLOWERING CRAB, SNOWDRIFT (Malus ‘Snowdrift’)  Height: 15’-20’, Width: 20’-25’.  Full sun.  An extremely wide branching, fast growing flowering crab with excellent form.  One of the most heavily flowered of the crabs, the flower buds appear red before the large 1 ½” flowers open pure white.  The flowers are highly fragrant.  Fruit is a 3/8”  diameter orange apple, which the birds will consume in the fall, eliminating any litter.  An absolutely spectacular specimen when in full bloom.  Growing zones 3 to 7.
MOUNTAIN ASH, EUROPEAN (Sorbus aucuparia)  Height: 20’-30’, Width: 20’-25’.  Full sun.  A rounded oval shaped tree with clusters of small white flowers in spring and showy red-orange berries in fall.  A medium growing tree that performs best in deep, rich solis.  Avoid wet conditions.  Fall foliage is a rusty orange.  Berries will persist until spring when consumed by birds.  Growing zones 2 to 7.
PEAR, MOUNTAIN FROST  (Pyrus ussuriensis ‘Bailfrost’)  Height:  20′-30′, Width 15′-20′.  Full sun.  A Bailey Nurseries introduction chosen for a more vigorous, upright growth habit than Prairie Gem Pear.  Single white flowers are produced in spring before other flowering trees.  Glossy dark green summer foliage gives way to a yellow fall color.  More upright  than Prairie Gem Pear.  May produce a few 3/4" fruit in some years.  Requires well drained soil and full sun.
GLOBE BLUE SRUCE, TREE FORM  (Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa')  Height: 5'-6', Width: 5'-6'.  Full sun.  A dwarf blue spruce that is grafted onto a 3' standard.  Closely set branches angle upward from the center.  In late spring, bright silvery blue new growth emerges in a display of soft new growth.  Best in well drained soils, with its best color produced in full sun.  An interesting alternative to deciduous patio trees.  Growing zones 2 to 7.
My lot is cleared out to approximately 1/3 of the lot, I have many electrical wires that run to my house and they hang LOW…I’m trying to choose small trees and shrubs to avoid interfering with the power company, as well as trying to keep my trees from becoming nuisances and growing into my neighbors yards.
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.
The late blooming flowers can help extend the spring flowering trees season if you coordinate it right with other trees in your yard.
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.
A lawn is beautiful, but if you surround your lawn with beds of flowers, trees, attractive plants and shrubs and with a number of trees for shade, it turns into a stunning landscape.
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.
The author’s POV was that it takes two prunings yearly to keep dwarf fruit trees at an appropriate size.
Dormant pruning in the late winter is for shaping the growth but does not limit size, a second pruning in the late summer should keep the tree from getting too big.
I am in the process of reworking (once again) a narrow (@3-) border and would like to have a mixed border with at least one small tree and several shrubs and perennials.
It will make beautiful flowers in the spring and you’ll have some fruits in the summer! Dwarf peaches or plums would be nice, but I’d stay away from dwarf apples…I’ve seen many a "dwarf" apple get humungous.
I am looking for a narrow airy small tree that is not too large ( @6- 10 feet) that I can keep wispy and not too heavy.
We just bought a dwarf plum tree for a small area.
I have a ‘pink fleshed’ apple that is a natural dwarf and is staying quite small without much pruning.
Their are also a lot of dwarf Japanese maple cultivars that stay very small, and could work well for you.
There is a wide selection of fabulous small ornamental trees to choose from and it can be quite overwhelming…the possibilities are endless! No matter what reason you wish to plant a small ornamental tree, plant survival, longevity and landscape value will be enhanced if you first consider site conditions along with the tree’s physical and ornamental traits.
I begin with spring’s best flowering ornamental trees; I end with specimens offering fall foliage and winter interest.
Types of Flowering Trees With so many different types of flowering ornamental trees, it’s easy for average homeowners to overlook those one or two specimens that could really "seal the deal" in their landscape design and make their properties stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.
Landscape Trees for Autumn Foliage This overview of autumn foliage choices will help you select specimens to add fall color to your yard.
Best Fall Foliage Pictures Flowering ornamental trees are the monarchs of the spring yard.
My articles highlight some of the best choices, including berry-producers that draw wild birds, weeping specimens, dwarfs, shade trees, and terrific trees for fall color.
Pictures of Flowering Trees Do you need helping choosing between the various specimens for sale at nurseries? With so many choices, you may sometimes reach an impasse.
The Top 10 Weeping Trees for Your Home’s Landscaping Some flowering ornamental trees offer an added feature: they weep.
Do you want a flowering ornamental tree that also produces edible fruit (either for birds or humans)? Or maybe your preference is for a specimen that not only blossoms wonderfully in spring but also supplies good fall leaf color? Here are some selections.
Top 10 Landscape Trees for Year-Round Color This list provides choices for creating visual interest in your landscaping for all four seasons.