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 Airy, delicate leaves make Japanese maples absolute showstoppers. Pinterest Citrus Attractive year round, plus you get fragrant flowers and delicious fruit. 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. Vine maple Nearly circular leaves are red-tinted when new, light green as they mature, and then orange, scarlet, or yellow in fall. Hop bush This evergreen shrub, with fine, bronze foliage, can be trained into a tree. Ornamental crabapple Plant one of these for a lavish pop of white, pink, or red flowers each spring. Fringe tree Named for the narrow, fringlelike white petals that are borne in a profusion of lacy flower clusters. Kousa dogwood This makes a great multi-stemmed shrub or—with training—a small tree. The petal-like leaves are breathtaking in spring. Saucer magnolia Magnolias are magnificent flowering plants featuring blossoms in white, pink, red, purple, or a more recent development, rich yellow. Dwarf Hinoki false cypress Mature foliage has tiny, scale like, overlapping leaves that make a stunning layered look.