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6 Amazing Small Trees – FineGardening


Trees are a critical backbone in a landscape and are probably the largest plant investment you will ever make, as they generally have high prices. Also, once established, trees do not transplant well. Hence, it is important to choose the right size tree for your intended planting location. Small trees range in size from just a few feet tall and wide to 25 feet tall and wide – which is still considered small when you consider how many trees are well over 40 feet tall. The following video, captured in the gardens of the editors of Fine Gardening, shows a diverse selection of specimens that meet these criteria, with a host of other excellent features and small size.

Each of these trees has the potential to be a stunning focal point in your landscape. And because they have a smaller footprint than, for example, a stately oak or a towering hemlock, you still have space for other shrubs and perennials.

Trees in this video

‘Perry’s Gold’ spruce (Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’)

Japanese snow bell ‘Evening Light’ (Styrax japonicus ‘evening light’)

‘Montrose Spire’ white spruce (Picea glauca ‘Montrose Spire’) – Native to North American

“Milk and Honey” Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia ‘Milk and Honey’)

‘Mini Twists’ Eastern Pine (Pinus strobus ‘Mini Twists’) – a native of North America

Kousa dogwood (Cornus Kousa)

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Great little trees for yards of all sizes

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Robert Dunfee