The Q&A Archives: Looking For Small Tree

Question: I want to plant a tree in my front yard (morning sun) and would like a tree that will mature at no more than 20-25 feet, possibly even less. The tree needs to sit between a brick walkway and a sidewalk and that distance is only ten feet so I also need something that will not have hugh surface roots. Thinking more in terms of a deciduous. One tree that caught my eye was a corkscrew willow, but that grows too large. Would like a tree somewhat out-of-the-ordinary. Not interested in fruit tree. My budget for this tree is around $200.

Answer: You might enjoy one of the smaller deciduous magnolias or a smaller variety of ornamental cherry, possibly in a weeping form. There are many smaller growing varieties of crabapple as well, newer types having better disease resistance than years ago. Another possibility might be a Japanese maple such as "Bloodgood" or a Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa). You might like a redbud or an Amelanchier of some sort, or maybe a Pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) -- these last three are native treees. You might want to look at these different trees to see if any appeal to you and consult with local nursery staff as well as possibly your county extension for additional suggestions based on your specific location and soil.

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