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Best Tree Varieties for Small Backyards

We think of trees as vast, sprawling structures with an insatiable hunger for space. We view them as big, bulky and ill-suited to smaller gardens. Yet, fortunately for those with cosier backyards, this isn’t always the case.

Trees come in all shapes and sizes. There are many species which grow shorter and narrower than common varieties. There are also dwarf species that are small enough to be grown in containers on decks or patios.

It’s possible to buy compact trees from retailers that specialise in selling online like online plants. Here are some of the best varieties for a small backyard deciduous trees.

Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum)

The Japanese Maple is a smaller, slower-growing variety of maple which boasts dazzlingly bright foliage throughout most of the year. While it can grow to a height of 25 feet, it takes a long time for it to get there. This elegant tree grows a mere 12-24 inches per season.

Juneberry (Amelanchier)

If your backyard is too small even for a compact tree, try a magnificent Juneberry. This species rarely grows more than five metres so it’s ideal for patios. Its leaves are tinged with bronze and turn a vivid red as Autumn approaches. 

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

The delicate Hawthorn tree has a reputation for turning up in hedgerows, scattered and spotted amongst wild green foliage. However, it can also be grown in gardens as a small, dramatically white variety with abundant blossoms and dark, glossy leaves. In the Autumn, hawthorn puts on a show by turning its flowers a deep, dark red. 

Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus Avellana)

The Corkscrew Hazel is a wonderfully unique tree with striking, twisted branches. It’s not for everybody but, if you’re looking for something different, you won’t be disappointed. In the summer, it bears long yellow catkins. In winter, its coiled branches are a remarkable sight. 

Apple Tree (Malus Domestica)

Yes, that’s right, you can grow apple trees in a small outdoor space. In fact, lots of apple tree varieties are diminutive and slow-growing. Malus Domestica is a good choice for sunny backyards with limited space. When buying apple trees from a retailer that sells online plants, don’t forget to check the rootstock to determine its full-grown dimensions. 

Varieties: Acer Autumn Blaze Maple Buergerianum Trident Maple, Acer Campestre Field Maple, Acer Palmatum Atropurpurem, Japanese Maple, Acer Negundo, Full Moon Maple, Norway Maple, Keithsform Norwegian Sunset, Crimson Sentry Maple, Crimson King Maple, Sango Kaku Jap, Osakazuki Japanese Maple.

It is more than possible to raise trees in smaller backyards. You just need to find the right variety, a little bit of growing space and lots of love and care.

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