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Trees suitable for Small Gardens. Fastigiate, Slow Growing and Bushy Trees  

Advice and information on Fastigiate and small trees suitable for planting and growing in small gardens.

There are many different ideas as to what is a small garden, and also what is a small tree! We try to make the choice of trees for small gardens a little easier.

Trees can be grown in large containers - but this is fraught with long term problems as the tree outgrows the container. However, if enough care is taken, then this can be a way of perhaps hiding an eyesore, or at least taking the eye from it! Watering and feeding is of the utmost importance if you go down this route. Trees planted in containers will need watering at least daily. Water retentive Gel will help

We will concentrate on trees actually being planted into the ground.

Bear in mind that some trees - though short in stature - can have a 'spread' that is not proportionate to the overall height, so may not after a few years be considered as 'small' trees!

There are narrow, columnar - or fastigiate - trees that, whilst they may grow to quite a height, are narrow enough not to take over the small garden.

Some trees can be 'multi-purpose' in that they may have attractive fruits, foliage and or flowers.

Invariably the tree will be planted towards the edge of your garden - so it would be wise to think of the effect it will have on neighbour's gardens as well as your own.

Listing of trees for small gardens:

  • Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'  6m
  • Acer palmatum Atropurpureum 3-4 m
  • Amelanchier lamarckii  8-10m
  • Cercis siliquastrum  6-8m
  • Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'  8m
  • Malus 'Evereste'  7m
  • Malus tschonoskii  8m
  • Prunus 'Pandora'  10m
  • Sorbus hupehensis  8m
  • Sorbus Joseph Rock 8m
  • Prunus Amanagowa 6-8m - upright narrow growth - Fastigiate. Good spring flowering cherry - light pink - with often spectacular autumn colours


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