ORNAMENTAL TREES FOR THE SMALLER GARDEN

With today’s modern gardens becoming much smaller, it is important that the right type and variety of tree is chosen whenever trees are considered for planting.

Most gardens, whatever their size, will have at least one or more trees planted, chosen either for screening an ugly view, protection from winds, casting shade and for sitting under during the summer, to act as a boundary, as a specimen in a lawn or border or simply planted because of its pleasing shape and habit. But how often do we see the wrong tree chosen and planted? All too frequently we see the beautiful Weeping Willow planted in a small front garden, looking attractive in the first two or three years, but to become an embarrassment when it outgrows its position and either has to be pruned or lopped, hence spoiling its shape, or removed altogether. The beautiful Prunus Kanzan so often ends up in the front garden looking like a gaunt hand with amputated fingers because it has outgrown its position.

The following list is intended as a guide to those trees that are suited to the smaller garden, will grow into their natural shape and beauty and complement their surroundings without recourse to drastic pruning.

ACERS (Maples) griseum

pseudoplatanus ‘Bnlliantissimum’ pennsylvanicum ‘Snake Bark’

AMELANCHIER

canadensis

Flowering Cherries

PRUNUS

‘Amanogawa’ hillieri ‘Spire’ ‘Shimidsu’ ‘Shirotae’ ‘Tai-Haku’ ‘Taoyama Zakura’

BETULA

pendula ‘Youngn’

COTONEASTER

‘Hybridus Pendulus’ x watereri

CRATAEGUS

carrieri

FAGUS (Beech) sylvatica ‘Purpurea Pendula’

Weeping Cherries

PRUNUS

serrulata ‘Rosea’ (Cheats Weeping)

Flowering Almonds, Peaches and Plums

PRUNUS

cerasifera ‘Nigra’ ‘Klara Meyer’ ‘Pollardii’

PYRUS

salicifolia ‘Pendula’

ROBINIA

pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’

LABURNUM

anagyroides ‘Pendulum’ ‘Vossii’

SALIX (Willow) Caprea ‘Pendula’

MALUS

floribunda ‘Profusion’ ‘Red Jade’ ‘Royalty’

SORBUS (Mountain Ash) aucuparia discolor ‘Joseph Rock’ scalaris vilmorinii

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