Trees For Small Spaces: Choosing The Best Trees For Urban Gardens

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By Liz Baessler

Trees can be a fantastic garden element. They’re eye-catching and they create a real sense of texture and levels. But if you have a very small space to work with, especially an urban garden, your choice of trees is somewhat limited. It may be limited, but it’s not impossible. Keep reading to learn more about picking trees for small spaces and the best trees for urban gardens.

Picking Trees for Small Spaces

Here are some good small urban garden trees:

Juneberry – A little large at 25 to 30 feet, this tree is full of color. Its leaves start out silver and turn bright red in the fall, and its white spring flowers give way to attractive purple berries in the summer.

Japanese Maple – An extremely popular and diverse choice for small spaces, many varieties of Japanese maple top out at under 10 feet tall. Most have striking red or pink leaves all summer long, and all have dazzling foliage in the fall.

Eastern Redbud – Dwarf varieties of this tree reach just 15 feet in height. In the summer its leaves are dark red to purple and in the fall they change to bright yellow.

Crabapple – Always popular among trees for small spaces, crabapples usually don’t reach more than 15 feet in height. A wide number of varieties exist, and most produce beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink or red. While the fruits aren’t tasty on their own, they’re popular in jellies and jams.

Amur Maple – Topping out at 20 feet tall, this Asian maple turns brilliant shades of red in the fall.

Japanese Tree Lilac – Reaching 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide, this tree is a little on the big side. It makes up for this, however, by producing clusters of beautiful, fragrant white flowers.

Fig – Topping out at around 10 feet tall, fig trees have big, attractive leaves and delicious fruit that ripens in the fall. Accustomed to hot temperatures, figs can be grown in containers and moved indoors to overwinter if need be.

Rose of Sharon – Usually reaching 10 to 15 feet in height, this shrub can easily be pruned to make it look more tree like. A type of hibiscus, it produces plenty of flowers in shades of red, blue, purple or white, depending on the variety, in late summer and autumn.

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