Small Area, Small Trees


When it comes to planting trees in small areas, you can find yourself with a real dilemma on your hands.  That’s when it’s time to consider the benefits of small trees.

With small trees you aren’t getting less, and in some cases you may actually be getting a whole lot more than you bargained for.  Small trees are ideal for any landscape, even curbs and sidewalks, plus they dazzle with their own peculiar charm.  Here are some small trees you might like to try planting:


You should have no difficulty maintaining this tree, which becomes a smoky pink color from June through August.  Its blue-green leaves turn a yellow-red-purple color in the fall.   Reaching a height of 10′ to 15′, it is suitable for many types of soil, and is an excellent pick to make a shrub border or other type of grouping.  Multiple-stemmed it develops blooms that are wispy bits of filaments, like puffs of smoke.

Ann Magnolia

This tree belongs to the “Little Girl” group of hybrid magnolias which were created during the mid-50s at the U.S. National Arboretum.  Its abundance of prominent, deep purple-red blossoms appear similar to tulips and it blooms in mid-to late March, which makes it an early-blooming flower tree.  This tree may bloom again in the summer as well.  Once it reaches maturity, the tree grows to 8′ to 10′.

Purpleleaf Sand Cherry

With fragrance, beauty and smaller size to recommend it this tree is the perfect option for landscaping.  It has deep reddish-purple leaves and scented white and pink flowers which bloom in the spring.  Although the amount is very small, the purple-black berries are an important source of food for small birds such as robins and cardinals, as well as other animals.  It reaches a height of 7′ to 10′ when grown.

Japanese Red Maple

With 300 years of cultivation behind it, this tree has been around a long time and has become very popular in its own right.  It is a breathtaking ornamental landscape tree.  In the spring and fall its leaves turn a vivid red color, in the summer they remain green.  It releases red, winged seeds which lure squirrels, songbirds and chipmunks to your yard.  One of the taller landscape trees it matures to anywhere from 15′ to 25′.

Don’t just dive right in and start planting once you get these trees home if you aren’t sure just what you’re doing.  Instead, take the time to find out about them and seek out information on tree care.

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