Monday, December 31, 2018
Small trees provide colorful flowers and foliage when space is limited in urban and suburban environments. Small trees are well-behaved and won't take over when space is tight. Plant one singly as a patio tree or a stunning specimen in a small lawn. Planted in containers they grace an entrance or walkway, or group in a colony for an attractive grove effect. Evergreen varieties make excellent privacy screens.
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'
– A true harbinger of spring, 'Forest Pansy' produces long-lasting clusters of tiny, rose-purple flowers that bloom profusely in early spring before the foliage emerges. This cultivar of the popular Eastern Redbud can eventually grow to 15-25 feet tall. Heart-shaped leaves open bright reddish-purple and gradually mature to a more muted purple. Its graceful branching structure stands out in winter.
Cassia leptophylla Gold Medallion Tree
– Catch gold fever with a dazzling show of vibrant 3 inch golden blooms throughout autumn and winter. Golden Wonder Senna is a vigorous evergreen tree perfect for mild climates. This easy-care plant is well suited to limited space. Prune it to the size of a shrub or permit it to grow to tree height, up to 18 feet tall and about as wide.
– Australian Willow has a graceful shape reminiscent of the weeping willow, but with the toughness of a Eucalyptus and non-invasive roots. This attractive evergreen needs only light pruning and is relatively pest free. Moderate growth to 20-30 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'
– Vigorous and upright to as tall as 30 feet, the twigs and branches of the Coral Bark Maple have a striking coral color prized for its winter interest. A nice tree for all seasons, the green leaves of spring and summer turn golden-yellow in autumn.
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
– This compact, upright tree has half-size leaves and large flowers that make it unique among Magnolia cultivars. Little Gem produces flowers often and at a comparatively young age, at only 1 to 2 years old. Grows to 20 feet and blooms constantly throughout summer and into fall.
– The most popular indoor tree, Weeping Fig grows to 30 feet tall outdoors. Its graceful drooping branches are blanketed in glossy green leaves. It is often seen in entryways and patios due to its elegant growth and tolerance of poor growing conditions.
Agonis flexuosa 'Jervis Bay After Dark'
– One of the best small trees for warm climates. Named for its signature smell, the Peppermint Tree has deep burgundy foliage on weeping branches. White flowers with burgundy centers appear in clusters from spring into early summer. Fast growing to 25-35 feet tall.