Bigger isn’t always better. It might be a cliche, but it’s one that certainly applies to trees. Though mature oaks and maples are gorgeous, sometimes there isn’t room for a sixty-foot tall hardwood in the garden. If you’re looking for a few small trees for your landscape, here are three great choices.
Our favorite small trees:
Sweetbay Magnolia ‘Moonglow’ (Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’) is one of my favorite small trees for the landscape. This beautiful tree is multi-stemmed and bears creamy white flowers throughout the spring and summer (that’s one of the flowers in the feature photo). At dusk, the flowers release an irresistible sweet scent. This cultivar of a North American native tree tolerates wet soil and prefers full to partial sun. Its semi-evergreen habit is an added bonus!
Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) is another native tree that’s perfect for small spaces. Gorgeous clusters of white flowers drape off the tree in late spring. They’re followed by dark blue fruits that are adored by the birds. Fringe tree can be multi-stemmed or have a single trunk. They’re perfect for smaller backyards.
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The red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) is a hybrid between the European horse chestnut and our native red buckeye. I love this stunning tree almost as much as the hummingbirds do. Growing only thirty feet tall, the red horse chestnut blooms in May and is suited to shadier locations as well as those in full sun. I have the cultivar ‘Briotii’ which is said to have the best coloration of all the varieties and also the most resistance to fungal diseases.
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What are your favorite small trees?