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39 Small Trees (Under 30 Feet) for a Small Yard or Garden

An avid gardener for over 40 years, Dolores has landscaped for private clients and maintained one client's small orchid collection.

Small flowering or evergreen trees beautify a boring landscape.

Small flowering or evergreen trees beautify a boring landscape.

Every neighborhood needs some trees, and every garden or landscape needs a tree or two. Trees take in carbon dioxide and provide us with oxygen, cleaning and freshening the air around us. They soften the sharp edges of buildings and lend curves to the straight lines man has imposed on our view. Even a small tree creates some shade. The dense layered shade created by the overlapping leaves and boughs of trees is much cooler than, say, an awning.

Just because you have a small yard does not mean that you cannot have a tree. Not all trees are 70-footers, and many tall shrubs can be used like trees or be pruned into a tree-like growth habit.

Below is a selection of small trees and tall shrubs to make your garden, yard, or landscape beautiful. Note that zone numbers refer to the USDA hardiness zones of the continental U.S., which show how cold your area gets in the winter.

The Best Small Trees Suitable for a Small Yard

Tree NameMature Height (feet)Mature Spread (feet)Dwarf Height (feet)USDA Hardiness Zone

Apple

20

20

8 to 10

4

Almond

12 to 15

10 to 15

4 to 5

4 to 8

Chaste

10 to 20

10 to 15

3 to 4

7 to 9

Cherry

12 to 15

12 to 15

8 to 10

2 to 8

Cherry Laurel

30

15

3 to 4

7 to 8

Crabapple

20

15

5 to 10

4 to 8

Crape Myrtle

15 to 30

15 to 25

3 to 4

6 to10

Dogwood

10 to 25

20 to 25

4 to 6

3 to 8

Franklin Tree

10 to 25

10 to 15

not available

5 to 8

Chinese Fringe Tree

12 to 20

12 to 20

This is the dwarf variety

4 to 9

Green Hawthorn

30

20 to 30

4

4 to 7

Hornbeam

20 to 30

20

5 to 10

3 to 9

Panicle Hydrangea

10 to 25

8 to 16

3 to 5

3 to 8

Juniper

10 to 15

3 to 5

1

4 to 9 (depending on variety)

Japanese Snowbell

20 to 30

20 to 30

8 to 10

6 to 8

Laburnum (Golden Chain Tree)

15 to 25

9 to 12

3 to 4

5 to 7

Lemon Tree

10 to 20

5 to 10

4 to 5

9 to 11

Lilac

8 to 15

6 to 15

4 to 6

3 to 7

Mountain Stewartia

10 to 15

10 to 15

10

5 to 9

Magnolia

10 to 30 (depending on variety)

10 to 30

These are ranges for dwarf varieties

4 to 9 (depending on variety)

Japanese Red Maple

15 to 25

20

2 to 3

5 to 8

Mimosa or Silk Tree

20 to 30

20 to 30

not available

6 to 9

Pawpaw

15 to 30

15 to 30

4 to 8

5 to 8

Peach

15 to 25

15 to 25

8 to 10

5 to 9

Bartlett Pear

20 to 30

20

10 to 15

5 to 7

Japanese Black Pine

25 to 30

20 to 35

4

5 to 9

Cherry Plum

15 to 25

20

8 to 10

3 to 8

Eastern Redbud

20 to 30

26 to 33

12 to 15

4 to 9

Quince

6 to 10

6 to 10

3

4 to 8

Serviceberry (a.k.a. Juneberry)

15 to 25

15 to 20

10

4 to 9

Carolina Silverbell

15 to 30

15 to 30

not available

4 to 8

Scarlet Buckeye

10 to 20

10 to 20

This is the dwarf variety

6 to 9

Russian Olive

15 to 20

15 to 20

not available

2 to 7

Smoketree

10 to 15

8 to 14

4

4 to 8

Sourwood

25 to 30

20

not available

5 to 9

Conica Spruce

10 to 12

4 to 5

6 to 8

2 to 7

Japanese Stewartia

15 to 30

20 to 25

not available

5 to 8

Sweet Olive

10 to 12

8

4 to 6

8 to 10

Tea Tree

20

20

2

8 to 11

Apple tree

Apple tree

1. Apple

Mature Height: 20 feet

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10 feet

Zone: 4

Apple trees usually grow up to 20 feet tall while dwarf varieties grow 8 ft. to 10 ft. tall. Many varieties are available, all producing beautiful early spring blossoms. Although some varieties are self-pollinating, it helps to have several other apple trees nearby to be able to produce fruit. You should plant while dormant in full sun and in slightly acidic soil. Most types of apple will fruit in three to five years. Ask your local nursery to find the variety of apple tree best suited to your area.

Almond tree

Almond tree

2. Flowering Almond

Mature Height: 12 to 15 feet

Dwarf Height: 4 to 5 feet

Zones: 4–8

The flowering almond is a small tree or large shrub that grows 12 ft. to 15 ft. tall and is equally wide with a rounded crown. Pink or white flowers bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, rich, acidic soil. If you want to prune for shaping, do so right after flowering. Some pruning will increase next season's flowers.

Chaste Tree

Chaste Tree

3. Chaste Tree

Mature Height: 10 to 20 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 to 4 feet

Zones: 7–9

The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) grows to 10 ft. or 20 ft. tall and produces lavender-purple flowers in early or mid-spring. The flowers give off a spicy aroma and the leaves smell faintly of sage. Shaping by pruning may be necessary. It grows best in well-drained soil. Flowers emerge from new shoots, so prune lightly at the end of winter.

Cherry tree

Cherry tree

4. Cherry

Mature Height: 12 to 30 feet (depending on variety)

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10 feet

Zones: 2–8 (depending on variety)

Some flowering cherry trees can grow to be quite tall, so check your local gardening center for a smaller variety. Snow Fountain grows up to 12 ft. tall, while Sargent Cherry grows 20–30 ft. tall. Plant in full sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Weeping forms are also available.

Cherry laurel

Cherry laurel

5. Cherry Laurel

Mature Height: 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 to 4 feet

Zones: 7–8

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is an evergreen cherry tree with deep green leaves and fragrant white flowers. It grows up to 30 ft. tall. Flowers bloom mid-spring and the tree produces dark berries. Plant in full sun in cool areas, or partial shade in warmer areas, in moist, well-drained soil.

Crabapple trees

Crabapple trees

6. Crabapple

Mature Height: 20 feet

Dwarf Height: 5 to 10 feet

Zones: 4–8

The crabapple produces abundant, beautiful flowers in white, pink, or red and blooms mid-spring. They produce hard little fruits that some people find attractive but others may feel are a nuisance when they fall. These slow-growing trees rarely reach over 20 ft. tall, while dwarf varieties grow between 8 ft. and 15 ft. tall. Crabapples are self-pollinating, so they will fruit even if you only plant one. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

7. Crape Myrtle

Mature Height: 15 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 to 4 feet

Zones: 6–10

The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is a tall, beautiful shrub that can stand in as a small tree. It blooms in mid- to late-summer with long-lasting white, pink, red, or lavender blooms. Planting in shade or semi-shade may reduce the amount of blooms. The foliage turns yellow, orange, or red in fall. Attractive exfoliating, patchy bark creates interest in winter. Prune away low-growing branches to create the look of a tree.

Avoid the Langerstroemia speciosa variety—it's gigantic. In the South, some Crape Myrtles will grow larger than expected.

If you want the type that features the most dramatic exfoliating bark look for "Natchez" with its beautiful cinnamon and cream bark, or "Apache" or "Choctaw" with cinnamon and brown bark.

Kousa dogwood

Kousa dogwood

8. Dogwood

There are two types of dogwood that are small and manageable:

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a small, cold-tolerant variety that reaches 20 to 30 ft. tall. Flowers range from creamy white to pink. Red fruits appear in fall. (Zone 5–8)

Red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera or sericea) is a shrubby species that grows 7–9 ft. tall. Red stems provide winter interest when young, but older branches fade to gray. (Zone 3–8)

Franklin tree

Franklin tree

9. Franklin Tree

Mature Height: 10 to 25 feet

Zones: 5–8

The Franklin tree (Franklinia), named after Benjamin Franklin, should not be grown in its native home in the southeastern United States due to a root disease that makes the tree short-lived in that area. Franklin trees grow from 10 to 25 ft. tall and 6 to 15 ft. wide, producing large, fragrant white flowers. They prefer full sun and moist, well-drained, acidic soil.

Chinese fringe tree

Chinese fringe tree

10. Chinese Fringe Tree

Mature Height: 12 to 20 feet

Zones: 4–9

The fringe tree (Chionanthus) grows from 12 to 20 ft. tall with a broad, rounded form and produces white, fragrant, lacy flowers in spring. Fruit on female trees attracts birds. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. If you must prune to shape, do so right after flowering as the blooms form on the older growth. Tolerant of wind and pollution.

Winter green hawthorn

Winter green hawthorn

11. Green Hawthorn

Mature Height: 15 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 4 feet

Zones: 4–7

Winter King green hawthorn (Crataegus viridis "Winter King") is an attractive deciduous tree with grayish-green bark that may exfoliate on mature specimens. It grows 15 to 30 feet tall with a similar spread, and is drought-tolerant and resistant to disease, including verticillium Aromatic white flowers appear in spring, and red berries add interest in winter although some people do not like their smell. This variety is thornless despite its name.

Do not plant this tree if there is a cedar or juniper nearby because cedar-hawthorn rust needs both a cedar or juniper and a hawthorn to complete its life cycle. This disease can devastate both trees.

Hornbeam

Hornbeam

12. Hornbeam

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 5 to 10 feet

Zones: 3–9

American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), also called ironwood, grows 20 to 30 ft. tall and has beautiful deep-green leaves that turn from yellow to red in fall. Plant in full sun to partial shade in acidic, moist, well-drained soil, and prune in late winter.

13. Panicle Hydrangea

Mature Height: 10 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 to 5 feet

Zones: 3–8

Hydrangeas are beautiful flowering shrubs, and panicle hydrangeas can work as small trees, growing up to 25 feet tall and wide. They produce tiny flowers that grow in large clusters, which start out white in July and then turn a dusty rose as summer progresses. This hardy shrub should be planted in sun to partial shade in rich, moist, well-drained soil.

Japanese snowbell

Japanese snowbell

14. Japanese Snowbell

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10 feet

Zones: 6–8

The Japanese Snowbell is a deciduous tree with horizontal branches that boasts drooping white, bell-like flowers. The leaves turn yellow during fall, and the flowers emit a sweet fragrance. It makes for a gorgeous ornamental tree.

Hollywood Juniper

Hollywood Juniper

15. Juniper

Mature Height: 10 to 15 feet

Dwarf Height: 1 foot

Zones: 4–9 (depending on variety)

All junipers are evergreen with tiny, scale-like foliage. They produce small, hard, blue to blue-green berries with a fresh scent.

Hollywood juniper grows from 10 to 15 feet tall in full sun or partial shade in a unique, twisting form. It is a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, hardy shrub that can stand in as a tree. Hollywood juniper takes well to pruning for shape and can be planted closer to walls than other trees and large shrubs for an interesting effect (Zones 5–9).

Skyrocket juniper grows 10 to 15 feet tall in a narrow column with dusty blue-green foliage. It is drought-resistant and maintenance-free (Zones 4 - 7).

Golden Chain Tree

Golden Chain Tree

16. Laburnum (Golden Chain Tree)

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 to 4 feet

Zones: 5–7

This gorgeous tree produces cascading clusters of bright-yellow pea flowers that are unfortunately short-lived. Interestingly, all parts of the tree are poisonous, although mortality rate is low.

Lemon tree

Lemon tree

17. Lemon Tree

Mature Height: 10 to 20 feet

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10

Zones: 9–11

This is a tree that is often found in many backyards. The lemon tree has fragrant flowers and leaves, and of course, provide fresh fruit that can be used in a vast variety of dishes and drinks. Miniature lemon trees can be grown in pots and will not reach a height over 10 feet if pruned.

18. Lilac

Mature Height: 8 to 15 feet

Dwarf Height: 4 to 6 feet

Zones: 3–7

Lilac is a large shrub with showy, highly aromatic spring blooms. Flowers may be white or shades of pink, purple, lavender, and lilac. The leaves are susceptible to powdery mildew in hot, humid summers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Prune to remove unwanted or dead twigs and branches.

Star magnolia

Star magnolia

19. Magnolia

Mature Height: 10 to 30 feet (depending on variety)

Zones: 4–9 (depending on variety)

Star magnolia is a smaller variety of magnolia that produces beautiful, white, star-shaped flowers in early spring. The flowers are fragrant and long lasting. This variety grows up to 20 feet tall with similar spread. It is also cold and heat tolerant. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil (Zones 4–8).

Saucer magnolia grows 20 to 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide, producing large pinkish-purple flowers in early spring. Plant this cold-hardy magnolia in a sheltered area in full sun and moist, well-drained soil (Zones 5–9).

Sweet bay magnolia grows 10 to 20 feet tall with a shrubby growth habit, producing fragrant, creamy white flowers in late spring. It is evergreen in warmer areas but deciduous in colder ones (Zones 5–9).

Japanese red maple

Japanese red maple

20. Japanese Red Maple

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 2 to 3 feet

Zones: 5–8

Japanese maple is a slow-growing small tree with an interesting growth habit that makes it attractive in winter. Many varieties are available. Beautiful, intricate, delicate leaves make the Japanese Maple a real focal point in a garden. Foliage ranges from green to deep red; some leaves are light green with red edges. Plant in partial shade in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Protect Japanese maples from harsh afternoon summer sun.

Mountain Stewartia

Mountain Stewartia

21. Mountain Stewartia

Mature Height: 10 to 15 feet

Dwarf Height: 10 feet

Zone: 5–9

The Mountain Stewartia is a deciduous small tree or large shrub that produces beautiful white flowers in July. It grows 10 to 15 feet tall and is best grown in full sun to part shade in moisture, well-drained soil.

Pawpaw leaves and fruit

Pawpaw leaves and fruit

22. Pawpaw

Mature Height: 15 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 4 to 8 feet

Zones: 5–8

Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a fruit tree with a tropical appearance, but surprisingly, it is native to North America. Purple mid-spring blooms give way to green fruits that ripen to black with a pear/banana taste. Leaves turn a beautiful gold in fall. Plant at least two trees for pollination. Prune off low-growing branches to give this shrubby tree a more tree-like appearance. Plant in full sun to partial shade in loose soil.

23. Peach

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10

Zones: 5–9

Peach trees have dark-green leaves that provide a beautiful contrast to the attractive mid-spring flowers and the brilliant mid- to late summer fruit. Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Mulch to protect the shallow roots, and prune in late winter. Be aware that peach trees are susceptible to late frost damage and severe winter cold. Plant two or more trees for pollination.

Pear tree

Pear tree

24. Bartlett Pear

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 10 to 15 feet

Zones: 5–7

The common pear tree grows 20 to 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide, producing early spring flowers before the glossy green foliage appears. Dwarf varieties grow 10 to 15 feet tall. Pear trees are not drought-tolerant and need plenty of water in summer. Plant a second pear tree for pollination if you want the tree to produce fruit.

Japanese black pine

Japanese black pine

25. Japanese Black Pine

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet tall

Dwarf Height: 4 feet

Zones: 5–8

Japanese black pine is tolerant of heat, drought, and coastal salt spray. It accepts heavy pruning for shape. Plant in full sun and in moist, well-drained soil.

Cherry Plum

Cherry Plum

26. Cherry Plum

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 8 to 10 feet

Zones: 3–8

Cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) is native to Asia and has distinctive reddish-purple leaves. The pretty white or pink flowers that bloom in early spring make the cherry plum a lovely tree for landscapes. Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.

Eastern redbud

Eastern redbud

27. Eastern Redbud

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Dwarf Height: 12 to 15 feet

Zones: 4–9

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) grows 20 to 30 feet tall and wide with rosy, pinkish-purple blooms in mid-spring followed by heart-shaped green leaves. Its attractive form provides winter interest. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Eastern redbud is native and tolerates a variety of soil conditions.

28. Quince

Mature Height: 6 to 10 feet

Dwarf Height: 3 feet

Zones: 4–8

Flowering quince grows 6 to 10 feet tall and wide, producing bright scarlet, pink, or white blossoms in spring. Some varieties bloom again in fall. It's important to note that tangled branches and sharp spines may detract from its usefulness in small spaces. Fall-ripened fruit can be used to make jelly or jam. Prune after flowering to maintain shape.

Serviceberry

Serviceberry

29. Serviceberry (a.k.a. Juneberry)

Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet

Dwarf Height: 10 feet

Zones: 4–9

Serviceberry (Amelanchier) grows 15 to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. This large shrub can be pruned to tree form. Fragrant white flowers appear early to late spring, and edible berries emerge in late spring and last into late summer, attracting birds. Tolerant of a variety of soils and drought.

Silk tree or "mimosa"

Silk tree or "mimosa"

30. Silk Tree (Mimosa)

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Zones: 6–9

The silk tree, otherwise known as mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin), grows 20–30 feet tall and wide. It is exotic-looking with fern-like foliage and feathery-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds in mid- to late-summer. Blooms can be quite aromatic and are adaptable to harsh environments. Keep in mind that this Asian tree can be invasive in many areas.

31. Carolina Silverbell

Mature Height: 30 feet

Zones: 4–8

Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) grows to 30 feet tall and almost as wide, producing clusters of tiny white bell-shaped flowers in mid-spring. It is native to the Piedmont area of the eastern United States. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. It will not tolerate intense heat or alkaline soil. Compost and mulch regularly.

Brilliant red blooms of Scarlet Buckeye

Brilliant red blooms of Scarlet Buckeye

32. Red or Scarlet Buckeye

Mature Height: 10 to 20 feet

Zones: 6–9

Red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) grows 10 to 20 feet tall and wide in full sun or partial shade, but full sun encourages a better bloom. The good news is it can tolerate many soil conditions. Tubular scarlet flowers grow on panicles (upright clusters) in April to May, attracting hummingbirds on their northward migration. The fruit is toxic, so be careful! Foliage erupts early in spring in 5–7 leaflets.

Russian olive

Russian olive

33. Russian Olive

Mature Height: 15 to 20 feet

Zones: 2–7

The Russian Olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) from central Asia grows to be 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide with a rounded form and beautiful silvery-green foliage. Tiny flowers emerge in spring. This tree prefers dry climates, and tolerates salt and drought, but dislikes extreme heat and humidity.

Even though I've included this tree on the list, if you live in the U.S., I advise not to plant it. Russian olive is considered a highly invasive species in the U.S.

Smoketree

Smoketree

34. Smoketree

Mature Height: 10 to 15 feet

Dwarf Height: 4 feet

Zones: 4–8

The Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria) grows 10 to 15 feet tall and wide, producing fine, light-purple, feathery flowers in June. With blue-green to purplish foliage, this shrubby tree can be pruned to look like a traditional tree form. Plant in full sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Prune older branches in early spring to encourage growth.

35. Sourwood

Mature Height: 25 to 30 feet

Zones: 5–9

Sourwood (Oxydendrum) has deep-green, fragrant leaves. It is a summer-flowering plant with long-lasting 10-inch blooms. The leaves turn a range of colors in fall. You should mulch to retain moisture and protect its shallow roots.

Sourwood

Sourwood

The Small evergreen tree: Conica Spruce

The Small evergreen tree: Conica Spruce

36. Conica Spruce

Mature Height: 10 to 12 ft. tall

Dwarf Height: 6 to 8

Zones: 2–7

Conica spruce is a dwarf white spruce with light-green needles. The dwarf Arneson's blue spruce features blue-green needles. Both are varieties of the Alberta spruce (Picea glauca), a hardy evergreen with a classic pyramid form. Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil.

Korean Stewartia

Korean Stewartia

37. Korean Stewartia

Mature Height: 20 to 30 feet

Zones: 5–7

Korean Stewartia is a smaller version of Japanese stewartia that produces lovely white blooms in July. Their attractive medium-to-dark green foliage turns red in fall. The exfoliating bark is patchy and has a reddish brown, green, gray, and orange color, which makes a dramatic statement in winter months. Plant in sun with some afternoon shade in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. Mulch and water during hot, dry spells.

Sweet Olive tree

Sweet Olive tree

38. Sweet Olive

Mature Height: 10 to 12 ft. tall

Dwarf Height: 4 to 6 feet

Zones: 8–10

Sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans) is actually a shrub from subtropical Asia that produces aromatic flowers. It can grow up to 20 feet but is most often seen at 10 to 12 feet with an 8-foot spread. Plant in full sun to partial shade in any soil. It takes well to pruning, and you can pinch back the dark-green leaves to encourage new growth.

Tea trees

Tea trees

39. Tea Tree

Mature Height: 20 feet

Dwarf Height: 2 feet

Zones: 8–11

The tea tree (Melaleuca linarifolia) grows up to 20 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Native to Australia, the tea tree has aromatic, evergreen leaves and produces tiny white, pink, or red flowers from late winter into summer. It enjoys western coastal areas and is drought tolerant when mature. Plant in full sun, and prune lightly after flowering.

Small Flowering Trees for a Colorful Landscape

  • Kobushi Magnolia
  • Royal Empress
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Pink Dogwood
  • Royal Poinciana Tree
  • Jacaranda
  • Plumeria
  • Angel Trumpet

How to Plant a Tree or Shrub

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the best time to plant a pink dogwood tree?

Answer: The best time to plant a pink dogwood tree is in early spring before the buds emerge. While many people also suggest a fall planting, a spring planting gives the young tree more time to establish itself.

Before you introduce a pink dogwood to your garden, take a look at the US Planting Zone map which you can find online. You want to make sure that the tree will thrive in your area. Dogwoods prefer slightly acidic soil.

Also, take a look around your area. I live in an area considered appropriate for dogwoods, but none reach maturity here. Pink dogwoods are susceptible to a variety of diseases, and the presence of disease in a particular area means that it would not be a good idea to plant one.

Pink dogwoods thrive in US zones 5 - 9. Plant partial shade. Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Mix half your native soil with loose, rich garden soil or compost. Make a small mound in the center of the hole.

Soak the root ball in water for an hour before planting. Set the tree in the hole. Make sure that it is straight. Fill in with amended soil and firm down. Water. Mulch without letting the mulch touch the bark.

Water deeply twice a week (unless you get a deep, soaking rain) until the plant becomes established. New leaves mean that it has become established. Cut back to once a week watering.

Question: Can you recommend some small area flowering trees for southern NewJersey, zone 7a?

Answer: The best place to find information specific to your local is through the state's agricultural extension program or at a local nursery with a good reputation. The zone you mention, 7b, encompasses Cape May and along the Atlantic shore area. The other part of New Jersey that is in 7b is in the southwest part of the state along the Delaware River. Though the zones are the same, there are differences in other aspects of the climate. Areas along ocean shorelines require plants that are tolerant of wind, drought, and salt.

You may want to check out a Purpleleaf Sand Cherry which grows 7 - 10 feet tall, grows well in an urban setting; and in loamy, sandy soil. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Also consider Star Magnolia which likes an acidic, rich soil. It reaches 15 - 20 feet tall.

Serviceberry is a native plant much loved by birds for its fruit. Growing 15 - 25 feet tall in moist, well drained soil it prefers full to part sun.

Redbud is another native with beautiful pinkish mauve blossoms. Growing 20 - 30 feet tall, it may be a short lived tree.

Consider other options after consulting local nursery professionals.

Question: What small trees grow well in lower Michigan?

Answer: If by "lower Michigan" you mean the Southern Peninsula, there are several plant zones. Climates can be quite different depending on altitude, proximity to a large body of water, urban areas, etc. Find a US Plant Hardiness Map for your state, then locate the area in which you live.

You may want to be cautious when deciding on a tree. Zones reflect the low winter temperatures of each climate area. As some winters are colder than others, like the winters of 2014 and 2015 in Michigan, you want to be a bit cautious. I would choose a tree from one area down or the next coldest zone just in case you have colder than usual winter temperatures.

Question: What small tree grows well in the south?

Answer: Check out the US Plant Hardiness Zone. Locate the area in which you live to find your zone. This will help you find out what plants thrive in your area. Then read the above article which states plant zones for each item. You can also contact your local agricultural extension agent for suggestions.

Choosing the best small tree for your area also depends on soil conditions, drainage, and sunlight. There are plants that work well in an urban setting, seaside area, or in a particular altitude. The south is a big place so be specific in your setting to find the best small tree for you.

Question: What zone is Quad Cities, Illinois?

Answer: Find your plant zone by checking out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It divides the country according to low winter temperatures. Quad Cities falls in 5b with annual cold temperatures that fall between - 10 and

- 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Question: What small trees grow well in New Hampshire?

Answer: New Hampshire experiences a wide range of low temperatures. To understand which small tree will thrive in your yard, you need to check the USDA Plant Zone map. Look closely at the map of your state and find the area in which you live.

The zone map has divided New Hampshire into six zones. This map features different numbers for different areas. The northernmost part of the state lies in Zone 3b while Concord and Manchester are in Zone 5b.

If that sounds confusing, think of it this way - the lowest winter temperatures will vary according to each area of the state. For instance, low winter temperatures will be colder in the mountains than in coastal, urban, and low lying areas.

Once you determine the zone in which you live, then you can find trees and plants that will live through the winter. For example, Cherry, Dogwood, Hornbeam, and Conica spruce are appropriate for planting in zone 3 which is very cold. But if you live in a warmer section of the state, your options increase.

Question: What small tropical tree would be good to grow in Puerto Rico? I live close to the ocean and it will be against a concrete wall. Looking for something native.

Answer: Your best bet is to contact Para la Naturaleza's native plant nursery. They can suggest the best type of small tree for your area. Remember that plants growing near the ocean will not be the same as plants growing elsewhere due to the salty air and occasional high winds. I would not plant even a small tree too close to a concrete wall. Roots may damage the wall. Also, water running off the concrete will make the soil somewhat alkaline.

Question: What is the best small tree for central Oregon?

Answer: The best thing for you is to contact your local agricultural extension program or the extension program at Oregon State University. Knowledgeable people there can best suggest the type of tree or plant best suited to your particular needs.

You may want to check out Starkie's Gold Arborvitae which grows to 15 feet tall. Northern Bayberry is a shrub that grows to nine feet. Prague Viburnum is a flowering evergreen shrub that grows to ten feet.

Question: What is the best small tree for San Diego?

Answer: You need to investigate available trees so see what best suits your needs. If you live close to the ocean, you may want a salt-resistant tree while even a mile inland, the salt does not matter. Check with your local agricultural agent for suggestions. You can also visit a local nursery to see what they have. Visit Balboa Park to see what they have planted in the California National Plant Garden or the Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve.

Remember that shrubs can also a stand-in for small trees. You want to find a tree that is drought tolerant, Some suggestions are Crepe Myrtle, Western Redbud, Melaueca, Royal Purple Smoke Tree, Desert Willow, Texas Mountain Laurel, Lemon Bottlebrush, or Angel's Trumpet. Don't forget the fruit trees!

Question: What shrub-like plant/tree is best to use as a privacy fence in zone 10 South Florida? I want something somewhat tropical looking, as I already have palm trees.

Answer: Lucky you, living in the land where so many exciting plants grow! Deciding on which plant you want to plant, it will take some consideration. Think about mature size, if it needs pruning, if it has nasty thorns, or if it has an aroma that you like. Also, consider the light or how many hours the area is in full sun or part shade. Think about salt tolerance if you live near the beach. Is it okay to plant a plant that is toxic? Do you want to stick with native plants?

Some suggestions:

Eugenia - not native, this fast-growing shrub will need trimming.

Podocarpus macrophyllus has an interesting form and foliage (like a large needled yew).

Plumeria Podia or white Frangipani thrives in full sun or partial shade (as do the two above).

Star Jasmine is not a true Jasmine and has pretty white flowers. It is a vine that needs support.

Myrcianthes fragrance or Simpson's Stopper is native and produces flowers and fruit.

Florida privet or Forstiera segregata is salt tolerant.

Clump bamboo works well for some. Don't plant running bamboo as it will take over your neighborhood.

Of course, there are many more small trees, shrubs, or vines (grown on supports) that may suit your needs as well as your climate.

Visit a trusted local nursery for more information. You can also check out local botanical gardens or call your local agricultural extension agent for help.

Question: What small trees or shrubs grow well in Eastern Washington state?

Answer: You can check out the Washington State University agricultural site online to learn about the best plants and shrubs for your area. Native plants will thrive and attract wildlife to your yard. Some natives include:

Black Cottonwood, Aspen, Willow, Redosier Dogwood, Paper birch, Mountain ash, Serviceberry, Chokeberry, snowberry, twinberry, and wild rose.

Question: What are the fastest growing trees in Louisiana?

Answer: Fast growing trees are often short-lived when compared to slow growers. Some fast growers like the Princess Tree grows quickly but can be invasive in many areas. The decision on what kind of tree to plant depends on many things such as soil type, location (you don't want roots growing too close to your house), moisture, whether you have acid or alkaline soil, and size at maturity.

Louisiana lies in several plant zones. Check out the US Plant Zone Map to understand your plant zone. Call your local agricultural extension service or check them out online for helpful information.

Natchez Crepe Myrtle grows rather quickly, has beautiful exfoliating bark, and produces flowers. It reaches 39 feet at maturity and grows in US Plant Zones 7 - 9.

Question: What are the best small ornamental drought tolerant colorful trees for Zone 6 Kansas?

Answer: Your best bet is to contact your local agricultural extension service. They will be able to understand the conditions in your area better than anyone and will be glad to help. That being said, you might try:

Amur Maple grows to 20 feet tall and produces good fall color

Crape Myrtle grows to 25 feet and produces late summer flowers. The blooms come in many colors including some brilliant reds. The leaves are colorful in fall.

Smoke Tree grows to 15 feet with great puffs of soft pink color in summer. The leaves are good for fall color as well.

Redbud is a native that grows between 15 and 30 feet tall depending on the cultivar. It produces beautiful flowers in spring.

Research any suggestions before you buy a tree. Various cultivars grow to different heights, produce a variety of bloom colors, or offer a variety of fall colors.

Question: What is the best small tree for Pennsylvania?

Answer: Pennsylvania includes a wide variety of areas from the Allegheny Plateau to the Susquehanna River Valley and United States Plant Zones 5a - 7b. Before you decide on the best tree (or any plant) to incorporate into your landscape, you need to look at the type of soil you have ,and whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural area. Contact the Pennsylvania Agricultural Extension Service to find the best types of plants for your area.

Question: What are the best medium-size trees for Medicine Hat Alberta Canada?

Answer: The best way to find the perfect tree for your area is to contact a government program or check out the information provided by the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources of Canada, or the Canadian Wildlife Federation. There is also a free app called My Tree that's free and quite helpful. The University of Alberta Botanic Garden should be helpful as well.

A medium sized tree reaches from 30 - 40 feet tall (9 - 12 meters). When selecting a tree pay attention to your local conditions including sunlight, rainfall, soil, wind, etc. which may very over a small area.

Several trees might work for you including a Dropmore Linden which grows 40' tall (12 m); Brandon Elm (which at 15 meters may be a bit too tall for you), and a Laurel leaf willow which grows to 40 feet (12 meters). Of course, you should search out more trees as this is a short list.

Question: What small trees grow well in northern Utah?

Answer: A question like this is best put to a local professional. Utah is the second driest state in the country. It's unique climate and soil characteristics mean that many plants that grow elsewhere in the same U.S. plant hardiness zone will not thrive in your area. The alkaline soil alone makes for some special considerations.

Find the Utah State Forestry Extension or the Utah State Extension sites for the best information.

Question: What are the best small trees for Miami, FL?

Answer: The tree that you plant depends on your proximity to the ocean. Plants growing near a large body of salt water are a special concern due to the salty air that comes with strong winds or storms and can damage many plants. If you are not near the water you have a lot to choose from.

Small trees that grow well in your area include Meyer Lemon which grows to 15 feet. A common lemon tree grows to 20 feet. Check out Blood orange, calamondin orange, and key lime trees. Also, a banana plant, which looks an awful lot like a tree but is not, does not grow very tall. They do have huge leaves so need some width.

You might visit a local garden to get some ideas. Try the Miami Beach Botanical Garden or The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden. See if they have any information there. You can also check with your local agricultural extension. They can help you find the right kind of tree for your specific area.

Take into consideration the surroundings. Will it grow near a wall or cement? Will the area be in full sun or have some shade?

Have fun making your choice. Miami is a gardener's dream!

Question: What's the fastest growing tree in Arkansas?

Answer: There are many fast-growing trees suitable for your area. Check out a US Plant Zone map online to help guide your purchase. Arkansas lies in several plant zones (6b - 8a), so it's important to look at the part of the state in which you live.

Most fast-growing trees are short-lived compared to slow growing trees. Also, many of the fastest growers are large trees. As this site is about small trees, I will assume that you are looking for smaller specimens. May I suggest:

Muskogee Crepe Myrtle which matures at around 25 feet tall for zones 6 - 9.

Tuscarora Crepe Myrtle grows to about 25 feet. Zones 6 - 9.

Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle matures to 30 feet tall. Zones 6 - 9.

Cleveland Flowering Pear matures to 30 feet. Zones 5 - 9.

Taller fast-growing trees include:

Bald Cypress (Zone 5 - 10) at 100 feet and Cottonwood (Zone 3 - 9) at 70 feet for moist areas.

Dawn Redwood (Zone 5 - 8) grows to 80 feet.

Royal Empress (Zone 7 - 9) to 50 feet.

Weeping Willow (Zone 4 - 9) to 50 feet.

American Sycamore (Zone 4b - 9a) matures between 70 to 90 feet tall.

© 2010 Dolores Monet

Comments

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on February 08, 2019:

Hi Ruth - there are quite a few narrow trees that you could choose. When you search, be sure to check on the US Plant Zone, soil condition, moisture levels, and sunlight needs of each plant. Also, how high is tall? You could plant a Swedish Aspen (Zone 2-5) which grows to 50 feet and is very narrow.

Other pillar like trees or shubs include

Skyrocket Juniper (Z 3-8)

Spartan Juniper (Z 5 - 9)

Wissel's Suguaro False Cypress (Z 5 - 9)

Ilex Sky Pencil (Z 5 - 9)

These are only a few choices. There are many more. Hunt around online or check with you local agricultural agent. Don't just see what they have at the big box store in spring rather go to a local nursery - they will be more in tune to the climate conditions of your area.

Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on February 08, 2019:

This is great information! I am always on the hunt for tall, narrow trees for my yard. I have some Arborvitae that creates a border on around the back of my tiny yard but I wanted something at the side of my house (in back) to add some vertical interest. I had a white weeping spruce on one side and it was gorgeous but died last year. I would like to replace it with something else. Any suggestions on a taller tree that won't get more than 8 feet wide?

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on March 13, 2017:

Hi Karla - I would avoid anything that is so invasive. It may seem like a good idea for a privacy hedge but an invasive plant follows its own rules, not yours. You may just be introducing trouble.

Karla on March 12, 2017:

Hi, What do you think about Indian Laurel Figs? The ones shaped into cut in columns and used as privacy walls. Are the roots damaging?

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on November 05, 2011:

Ria - that sounds so pretty but, eventually, the tree will put the lavender in shade. Lavender needs a dry, sunny location. Thanks!

Ria on November 04, 2011:

Do you know whether I can put a ring of lavender around the base of a very young ornamental cherry tree????

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on October 15, 2010:

Kate - some people have a problem with the flowers of mimosa falling and making a mess, though I have not had that problem. It can be considered invasive, or a weed tree, in some areas, but I think mainly in the South. Here is a site that features a list of invasive plants of British Columbia. Check it out for invasive species in your area. I didn't see a mimosa tree on this list. Thank you for your interest in the topic!

http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/Invasiv...

Kate Mayne Island, BC on October 14, 2010:

Hi Dolores,

Thank you so much for this wonderful list and explanations. I have a number on your list already and love them but here is my question...I bought a Mimosa the other day mainly because it is drought tolerant, however, have since learned that it is sometimes considered a nuisance tree. Does this mean that in my zone 8b (Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia) I should not plant it? I would not like to crowd out the native trees in my rural area.

Kind regards,

Kate

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on May 28, 2010:

Kimberly, very good advice. We all need to think before we plant. Thanks for the helpful comment!

Kimberly on May 27, 2010:

When planting trees one always have to keep in mind the size of the tree at maturity. I see all too often people planting a grouping of trees much too close together. Trees need their own space in order to develop a nice canopy and if crowded, will force their main growth upwards forming a funnel shape canopy. Always provide the necessary room for proper growth.

Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on May 01, 2010:

Garden, thanks for the great tips.

Garden Leaf Blower on April 30, 2010:

I have been planting trees for over 7 years (its my job) and there is some really great advice here.

Here a few of my tips on planting trees:

1. Make sure that the tree you are considering does not have an invasive root system, especially if you will be planting it near your house foundation, concrete patio, or septic system.

2. Be sure the tree is not overly messy. Some trees shed quite a few seed pods, twigs, or nuts each year and can create a lot of work.

3. Find out how high the tree will be when it matures. Trees that are higher than the house could be potentially hazardous.