Top 10 trees for small spaces

Not all trees have to tower. Find the perfect tree for that small corner of your yard

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Airy, delicate leaves make Japanese maples absolute showstoppers.

More: How to grow Japanese maple

Citrus

Andrea Gómez Romero

Citrus

Attractive year round, plus you get fragrant flowers and delicious fruit.

More: How to grow citrus

Crape myrtle

Saxon Holt

Crape myrtle

This is the signature plant for many hot-summer regions. It’s hard to beat the showy summer flowers, beautiful bark, and brilliant fall color.

More: How to grow crape myrtle

Vine maple

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Vine maple

Nearly circular leaves are red-tinted when new, light green as they mature, and then orange, scarlet, or yellow in fall.

More: How to grow vine maple

Hop bush

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Hop bush

This evergreen shrub, with fine, bronze foliage, can be trained into a tree.

More: How to grow hop bush 

 

Ornamental crabapple

Susan

Ornamental crabapple

Plant one of these for a lavish pop of white, pink, or red flowers each spring.

More: How to grow ornamental crabapple

Fringe tree

Derek Fell

Fringe tree

Named for the narrow, fringlelike white petals that are borne in a profusion of lacy flower clusters.

More: How to grow fringe tree

Kousa dogwood

Marion Brenner

Kousa dogwood

This makes a great multi-stemmed shrub or—with training—a small tree. The petal-like leaves are breathtaking in spring.

More: How to grow kousa dogwood

Saucer magnolia

Susan A. Roth

Saucer magnolia

Magnolias are magnificent flowering plants featuring blossoms in white, pink, red, purple, or a more recent development, rich yellow.

More: How to grow saucer magnolia

Dwarf Hinoki false cypress

Richard Shiell

Dwarf Hinoki false cypress

Mature foliage has tiny, scale like, overlapping leaves that make a stunning layered look.

More: How to grow Dwarf Hinoki false cypress

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