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Small Trees for Big Landscape Impact

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Trees are the first plants we think about when designing a new garden or landscape. A beautiful tree adds year-round structure to the space. It offers refuge for birds and other wildlife. And it boosts curb appeal and property value. With a wealth of tree varieties available, we can usually find the perfect tree for every garden, no matter how large or small — even for containers for decks and patios. Read on for inspiration from Monrovia!

Young’s Weeping Birch

10 feet tall, 15 feet wide

Ultra-hardy and beautiful, Young’s Weeping Birch looks like an umbrella in your landscape. Its stout trunk bursts forth with a multitude of elegant branches that weep toward the ground. This birch is an ideal addition to perennial gardens. Plant low-growing, shade-loving varieties beneath its canopy for a magical look.

Limelight Hydrangea

8 feet tall and wide

Limelight Hydrangea is perfect for adding late-summer interest to the landscape. It blooms with big, cone-shaped heads of creamy-chartreuse flowers that go pink as they age. The seasonal show continues into winter when they dry and turn an attractive shade of parchment. Limelight Hydrangea thrives in all-day sun or part shade in the landscape or large containers.

Golden Duke® Eastern Hemlock

10 feet tall, 3 feet wide

Golden Duke® Eastern Hemlock shines with golden-yellow needles that look good all year. This beautiful selection of North American native Eastern Hemlock stays tidy, making it an ideal choice for yards of every size. Enjoy it in woodland gardens, around a partly shaded patio, or to brighten your perennial border.

Fox Valley® River Birch

10 feet tall and wide

We love this delightful dwarf form of a popular North American native tree. Fox Valley® River Birch adds interest all year to your garden with its peeling bark. In autumn, its rich green leaves transform to a rich gold. It is an excellent anchor to perennial and shrub borders, as a privacy planting, or as a focal point in your landscape.

Jade Butterfly Ginkgo

15 feet tall, 10 feet wide

Slow-growing and tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions, Jade Butterfly Ginkgo adds grace and elegance to gardens with its blue-green fan-shaped leaves. Its display becomes even more eye-catching come autumn when its foliage turns a striking shade of gold. Jade Butterfly is a male variety that does not produce unpleasantly scented fruit.

Velvet Viking™ Japanese Maple

3 feet tall, 5 feet wide

Velvet Viking™ Japanese Maple is a small tree solution for partially shaded spaces. It features finely cut purple-red leaves that add a big dose of color and texture. It also boasts extra hardiness, giving many homeowners the opportunity to enjoy a Japanese Maple. Grow it in as a statement piece, alongside perennials, or elevate it in container.

Burgundy Star Magnolia

12 feet tall, 4 feet wide

Magnolias are adored for their beautiful display of springtime flowers. Many grow relatively large, but Burgundy Star is a space-saving columnar variety. This allows it to grace even small landscapes with its large, fragrant, red-purple flowers. It can be used to screen a view, add vertical interest to a garden bed or border, or provide a formal touch flanking a driveway or walkway.

Fragrant Fountain Japanese Snowbell

6 feet tall, 5 feet wide

Its small size makes Fragrant Fountain Japanese Snowbell tree a winner for gardens and landscapes. And its beautiful, weeping shape adds interest all year long. In spring, this tree produces clusters of delightfully scented bell-shaped flowers that hang from the branches. Come fall, its foliage turns gold before dropping for winter.

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