Why We Like Small Trees

As you think of trees maybe you imagine large soaring ones which are perfect for shade and tire swings, or of the evergreen Christmas tree variety. Trees come in different sizes and shapes together with all kinds of leaf shapes, colours and varieties. Some flower, some give us fruit, but all of them serve a purpose. If you love trees yet have a lot on your lawn already, perhaps you would like a smaller one (or three) to include texture and color. Here are just a few of the great little trees out there.

(C) flickr.com

(C) flickr.com

Certain types of maple tree are perfect for gardening for small spaces. The Rocky Mountain Maple is a small tree, generally less than twelve feet tall, with a green tinged smooth bark that is only indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, but could be also found in New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska and South Dakota. Whilst the Vine maple is a a bit larger tree that can grow to 20 feet tall and does well in good, damp soil. It’s frequently used in landscaping because of its radiant fall leaf colors, showy bark that resembles the Japanese maple, along with its sturdy growth.

Ah, the Japanese Maple. Exactly what can we say on this beautiful tree? It’s graceful, it’s colorful and it’s a wonderful addition for any yard. It also comes in different varieties like weeping and upright therefore it can go almost anywhere. It is just a great small shade tree and at it’s most mature it won’t grow more than 30 feet tall and wide, and also the pretty leaves! Such pretty leaves. The Japanese Maple does best in zones 5-8.

Two other trees that happen to be popular are the Snow Gum and the Tibetan cherry. The Snow Gum tree is a year-round tree which has grey, cream, and green bark. The evergreen leaves are a grey-green color and it has small white flowers in the summer. It matures to 8 meters and prefers full-sun. The Tibetan cherry is another great year-round tree. It comes with a red bark and flowers white in the spring and has red-yellow leaves in the fall. This tree grows ten meters high so both of these are on the larger side.

The Eastern Redbud opens spring by having an explosion of pink flowers and it’s also flexible to a number of soils. It’s great for yards within zones 4-9 and at full height it’ll only be around 30 feet. What a great way to decorate your yard!


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