The Q&A Archives: Trees in Containers

Question: Other than evergreen, can any other trees be grown in containers? I have a 15 x 15 brick patio at the back of the house that has full sun. We are also in the process of adding a water pond. I have potted 2 dwarf Alberta Spruces and some hens & chickens and some perennials, but was wondering if anything else - with some height-- could be added. Any help would be gladly accepted.

Answer: Many trees and shrubs will grow happily in containers. Here are a few suggestions: Acer circinatum (vine maple), Amelanchier, Bauhinia variegata (purple orchid tree), Cercis (redbud), Chionanthus (fringe tree), Cornus kousa (dogwood), Acacia, Stewartia, Bronze loquat, Citrus, Palms, Cassia leptophylla (gold medalion tree), and Hakes laurina (Pincushion tree). Each of these will provide spring or fall interest, and each will stay on the small side.

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