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Small Trees for Landscaping Do you have available space and something is needed to beautify a small yard? Is your small yard lacking a focal point? Do you need something small to fill out your landscape or are you hunting something that will provide a big visual punch and will fit in a small space? Small trees are homeowners and landscapers delight. Many landscapes can be just overpowered with larger tree specimens, whereas a smaller tree just fits or blends into a compact area. Small shade trees, flowering types, eye-catching foliage colors, fragrant flowering small trees and small trees for 4 season enjoyment. Small trees fit so many applications and planting sites. Small trees combine the opportunity to display color, shape, flower color, and size to any yard or location. Choose a feature such as summer foliage and there are small trees that will provide stunning foliage such as the Japanese Red Maples. Choose a feature such as early spring blooming and the spectacular Redbud family will provide the eye candy for the landscape. Fast growing small trees quickly upgrades a barren yard with unique foliage and branch patterns. For a long lasting spring bloom period consider the crabapple family. Crabapples exhibit gorgeous flowers with a multitude of different bloom colors and size choices. Planting considerations for small trees should include available space, protection, growth rate, soil drainage, soil type, and near proximity to sidewalks, buildings, and driveways. Small trees can provide for varied foliage, flowers, bark color and texture, fruit, and fall color for year around interest. Small trees can spread as much laterally as vertically so thought should be given the possibility of overhanging branches on sidewalks or neighboring properties. Small trees can screen objectionable views, provide privacy, add height to a fence, and provide for patio shade. We offer several varieties of small trees and they are displayed below.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Every Garden Needs a TreeEvery neighborhood needs some trees, and every garden needs a tree or two. Trees take in carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen, cleaning and freshening the air around us. They soften the sharp edges of buildings and lend curves to the straight lines man has imposed on our view. Even a small tree creates some shade. The dense shade created by the overlapping leaves and boughs of trees is much cooler during the hot months than, say, an awning. Just because you have a small yard does not mean that you cannot have a tree. Not all trees are 70-footers. And many tall shrubs can be used like trees, or be pruned into a tree-like growth habit. Below is a selection of small trees and tall shrubs to make your garden beautiful. Numbers refer to the USDA hardiness zones of the continental US, which show how cold your area gets in the winter.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Every neighborhood needs some trees, and every garden needs a tree or two. Trees take in carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen, cleaning and freshening the air around us. They soften the sharp edges of buildings and lend curves to the straight lines man has imposed on our view. Even a small tree creates some shade. The dense shade created by the overlapping leaves and boughs of trees is much cooler during the hot months than, say, an awning. Just because you have a small yard does not mean that you cannot have a tree. Not all trees are 70-footers. And many tall shrubs can be used like trees, or be pruned into a tree-like growth habit. Below is a selection of small trees and tall shrubs to make your garden beautiful. Numbers refer to the USDA hardiness zones of the continental US, which show how cold your area gets in the winter.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Do you have available space and something is needed to beautify a small yard? Is your small yard lacking a focal point? Do you need something small to fill out your landscape or are you hunting something that will provide a big visual punch and will fit in a small space? Small trees are homeowners and landscapers delight. Many landscapes can be just overpowered with larger tree specimens, whereas a smaller tree just fits or blends into a compact area. Small shade trees, flowering types, eye-catching foliage colors, fragrant flowering small trees and small trees for 4 season enjoyment.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Planting considerations for small trees should include available space, protection, growth rate, soil drainage, soil type, and near proximity to sidewalks, buildings, and driveways. Small trees can provide for varied foliage, flowers, bark color and texture, fruit, and fall color for year around interest. Small trees can spread as much laterally as vertically so thought should be given the possibility of overhanging branches on sidewalks or neighboring properties. Small trees can screen objectionable views, provide privacy, add height to a fence, and provide for patio shade. We offer several varieties of small trees and they are displayed below.
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Small Landscaping Trees

I've selected ten trees that will do fine in a small yard. These trees have been recommended by urban foresters representing several urban forestry associations and agencies. These trees are small (most less than 30 feet tall). Every tree is plantable in many North American tree zones, is compatible under most utilities and near structures and can be purchased at online and local nurseries.Each tree is linked to an expanded resource where some are fact sheets (PDF) developed by The United States Forest Service and the Association of State Foresters. I use their information in the introduction of each tree.These trees are recommended for small yards. Some easy to find as seedlings, some not so much. Here are trees you might consider for a large yard or broad landscape.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Crab Apple: Full Sun, Hardiness varies, generally hardy in zones 4-8. Fruit trees of any kind do not care for wet soils, so well drained loamy soil is required, avoid clay. Plant where they have good air circulation so the leaves stay dry, wet leaves will promote diseases that fruit trees are prone to. Many of the crabs form flower buds quite early, making them susceptible to frost damage. Crab trees hardy enough for zone 4 will generally bud a little later. The bark and young stems of Crab Apple 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. Numerous varieties and forms are available. Most spring flower shows are spectacular, especially on the larger trees. Ranging in size from 15 to 25 feet, with rounded, oval, pyramid or weeping shapes, you can find a crab tree for any spot. Look for disease resistant foliage. Some of the best varieties for zone 4 include 'Prairie Fire' (rounded 15-20', prolific pink-red blooms in May and purplish foliage and dark red bark similar to cherry tree bark. It is disease resistant and grows to a dense rounded form.), 'Sparkler' (will tolerate moist conditions, but will do better in well drained soil, ‘Sparkler’ is a wide spreading tree reaching 15’ high and up to 25 ‘ wide. It blooms a bright rose red in mid to late spring. Hardy to zone 3.), 'Indian Summer' (very disease resistant and fairly adaptable to a wide range of soils, ‘Indian Summer’ grows to 12-14 feet Rose red blooms appear in April.), 'Donald Wyman' (upright, rounded to 20'. White flowers are produced in spring and a showy red fruit in fall that does not fall and make a mess. High disease resistance.) and 'Adams' (densely rounded reaching 20-24’ high and 18-20’ wide. Red buds fade to pink blooms in May, and foliage turns orange-red in fall). The ‘Louisa Weeping Crab’ weeps gracefully, with pink flowers. So many more! Check them all out at the garden centers.
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Small Landscaping Trees

Small trees fit so many applications and planting sites. Small trees combine the opportunity to display color, shape, flower color, and size to any yard or location. Choose a feature such as summer foliage and there are small trees that will provide stunning foliage such as the Japanese Red Maples. Choose a feature such as early spring blooming and the spectacular Redbud family will provide the eye candy for the landscape.
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I have been planting trees for over 7 years (its my job) and there is some really great advice here.Here a few of my tips on planting trees:1. Make sure that the tree you are considering does not have an invasive root system, especially if you will be planting it near your house foundation, concrete patio, or septic system.2. Be sure the tree is not overly messy. Some trees shed quite a few seed pods, twigs, or nuts each year and can create a lot of work.3. Find out how high the tree will be when it matures. Trees that are higher than the house could be potentially hazardous.

Every neighborhood needs some trees, and every garden needs a tree or two. Trees take in carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen, cleaning and freshening the air around us. They soften the sharp edges of buildings and lend curves to the straight lines man has imposed on our view. Even a small tree creates some shade. The dense shade created by the overlapping leaves and boughs of trees is much cooler during the hot months than, say, an awning.

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