The Q&A Archives: In need of a small tree

Question: I live in NW PA. I am interested in planting a small tree in a little area in my back yard. The tree would have limited space, so I would like to find some thing that would say small with most of the limbs and leaves at the top of the tree so I could possibly put a shade garden around the bottom. I've been directed to several fruit tree's by some local growers, but dont want to have fruit (such as crab apples) in my limited yard space. I've also looked at some

Answer: There are a few ornamental (non-fruit bearing) trees you might consider. First, Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry (Prunus avium 'Snow Fountain'). This slow-growing dwarf cherry has graceful branches that droop to the ground. Each spring it dons a floral cloak of pure white flowers to rival the elegance of any ornamental. Reaches a height of 12-15?, spreads 6-8?. Hardy, disease and insect resistant.

Dwarf Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa): The dwarf flowering almond is a spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Its chief value is in the showy flower, which is either white or pink, single or double, and appears in midspring.

You might also consider a dwarf weeping pussy willow. It doesn't flower but gets interesting catkins in late winter/early spring and the size is narrow enough to fit in the tightest spots.

Hope one of these suggestions appeals to you.

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