Trees for Small Gardens: Ten of the Best

Just because your garden is small, doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful trees in it.

If you have limited space, it’s important that the trees you choose suit their surroundings.

Here’s our top ten pick of perfect trees for small gardens:

Trees for Small Gardens - mountain ash

Mountain Ash, Sorbus aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’

This slow-growing rowan is perfect for narrow gardens due to its graceful columnar shape. It produces delicate sprays of small white flowers in spring, followed by bunches of dark red berries in summer and fiery orange leaves in autumn.

Toringo Crab Apple, Malus sieboldii

This rare crab apple is native to Japan, Korea and China. Dainty pink buds open into fragrant white flowers in mid-spring, followed by clusters of slender-stalked yellow or red fruit. The Toringo crab apple is popular with wildlife, so is perfect for encouraging biodiversity in your garden.

Paperbark Maple, Acer griseum

This beautiful, slow-growing tree has dark green leaves which turn a rich crimson in autumn. After the leaves fall, its rust-coloured bark flakes and curls back to reveal new, coppery bark underneath. The paperbark maple can grow to a height of up to 10m and tolerates partial shade.

Juneberry, Amelanchier lamarckii

The juneberry is a feast for the eyes all year round. Its leaves emerge bronze in spring, turning green in summer and brilliant orange in autumn. Its clouds of white star-shaped blossom are replaced by sweet, edible purple fruits. It can withstand extreme cold and wet and requires only minimal pruning.

Himalayan Birch, Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’

With ethereal white bark providing a dramatic contrast to its rich green leaves, the Himalayan birch makes a striking addition to a small garden. Its luminous bark peels back to reveal flashes of pale orange underneath.

Fuji Cherry, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’

This elegant cherry has wiry branches and stems which appear to zig-zag in every direction. In late winter and early spring its pale pink buds burst into a beautiful display of snowy white flowers. The Fuji cherry thrives in sun or partial shade.

Weeping Pear, Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’

This ornamental pear has slender, gracefully drooping branches and soft grey leaves that weep, willow-like, all summer. In spring, clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers are followed by small brown fruits.

Fig Tree, Ficus carica

This highly ornamental shrub has striking, glossy foliage, and during hot summers will produce an abundant crop of sweet, rich fruit which can be picked from August to September. It’s best grown against a south or south-west facing wall.

Catalina Ironwood, Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius

This small, fast-growing evergreen has cinnamon-coloured bark which peels and flakes to uncover new, lighter bark. In summer, it bears dense clusters of small white flowers. This Californian species is best grown in a sheltered position and can reach heights of up to 5m.

Globe Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus ‘Globus’

The slow-growing globe hornbeam grows into a distinctive, tear-shaped tree, with leaves that turn from dark green in spring to mustard yellow in autumn. Its architectural habit makes this tree a striking focal point even when it has no leaves in winter.

Trees for small gardens – a summary

Just because you have a small garden it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy growing a tree.

We’ve listed just some of the available options in this article, but there are plenty more.

If you’d like more examples of trees for small gardens or are looking for a tree surgeon in West London don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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