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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Choosing a Small Tree

Prunus serrula

Small Trees suitable for garden situations can be daunting. Most trees just grow far too big or far too wide. Take a look at our list below it will probably help. Most heights are acheived after about 10 years of growth in ideal conditions. These trees and more can be found on our small tree bed here at the Nurseries in Preston Bissett.

 Acer campestre 10-15m (field maple)

Acer palmatum (varieties) Japanese Maple 5-10m

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' 1.5m-2.5m

Amelanchier Canadensis 4-8m

Amelanchier lamarckii 8-12m

Amelanchier lamarckii 'rainbow pillar' 5-7m

Arbutus unedo 5-10m (Strawberry tree)


Betula Youngii 5-10m


Cercus canadensis 5-10m

Contoneaster varieties most 5-10m evergreen varieties available

Cornus Kousa 4-8m (In every Chelsea Flower Show garden!)

Cornus Florida 4-8m

Cornus controversa 12m in 50 years (wedding cake tree, needs a little shelter)

Corylus 3-5m

Corylus avellana Contorta 3-5m Corkskrew hazel

Cratagus persimilis (Hawthorne) 4-8m Cratagus varieties similar size.

Cystus battandieri 2.5-4m Pinapple tree/broom

Davidia Involucrata Vilmoriniana Tree (Handkerchief Trees) 10-15m

Euonymus Red Cascade 3-5m

Fagus sylvatitica 12m (common beech)

Fagus sylvatitica Purple Fountain (8m)

Fagus syl. Dawycks Purple 12m (not wide growing)

Ilex aquifolium

Liquidamba styraciflua Lane Roberts 10-15m

Magnolia 3-5m

Malus Royal Beauty (3m)

Malus Royalty (4m)

Morus alba pendula (Weeping White Mulbery) 5-10m


Parrotia persica I(ron wood) 5-10m Best autumn colour

Paulownia Tomentosa Tree (Fox Glove tree) 5m

Phyllostachys aureo (Bamboo) 3-5m

Phyllostachys nigra (Bamboo) 3-5m

Prunus Amanogawa 5-10m A column tree.

Prunus Okame 5-7m

Prunus Triloba 3m Flowering almond (slow growing)

Prunus sargentii (best autumn colour) 5-10m

Prunus serrula (best bark) 5-10m

Prunus xsubhiitella (flowers through winter) 5-10m

Prunus varieties many are

Sorbus Eastern Promise 4-8 Good autumn colour variety, Pink berries.

Sorbus Olympic Flame 4-8 Good autumn colour variety, orange/red berries

Syringa (Lilac)

Taxus (Yew)

Viburnum carlesii (1.5-2.5m)

Viburnum cephalum (1.5-2.5)

Viburnum opulus (2.5m) Snowball tree

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