Trees small enough for your garden can still provide a range of interest. That may be leave shape, blossom, berries, bark or colour changes.
This selection grow 15-50 feet high with a maximum spread of 30 feet.
Top Ten Garden Trees
- Sorbus or Mountain Ash make fine specimen trees. Sorbus vilmorinii has creamy white flowers and a typical scent in spring. Clusters of red berries fade to white but the feathery leaf turns a dark red in autumn.
- Arbutus andrachne or unedo aka the Strawberry tree has glossy evergreen leaves and white flowers. The trunk is also a feature on these 20′ trees.
- Ornamental cherry trees have stunning displays of spring flowers. Try Prunus x subhirtella Autumnalis
- Silver birches Betula jacquemontii Grayswood Ghost has yekllow catkins and good autumn colour.
- Ornamental Crab Apples have caught my attention recently and malus floribunda with pale pink flowers followed by golden fruit gives interest through until winter.
- Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum is covered in pink blossom before the leaves arrive in spring. This is followed by purple pods that can last through winter.
- Acers are ever popular and the palmatum varieties offer late season colour changes to the leaves. Osakazuki and sango-kaku are currently on offer.
- Olive trees can survive our winters with their grey green foliage in tact. Plant in a large pot or sunny spot for a specimen tree to be proud of. (sorry this photo is in Greece)
- Magnolia can be treated as a bush or tree and evergreen varieties vary from 5-30 foot tall. The Denudata Yellow River has large goblet shaped flowers.
- Amelanchier lamarckii can be single or multi stemmed and has a great colour display in autumn
With thanks to Joe Swift for some of the varieties and data.