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Small Trees for the Garden

The Japanese Persimon is one of the best small trees for the garden.

For courtyards, gardens, growing in pots or as a feature tree, small trees are much in demand.

The best small trees are those that will naturally grow to no more 3 -7 metres in height and these include both deciduous and evergreen varieties.

When looking for small tree consider the following characteristics

  • evergreen or deciduous
  • upright or spreading
  • fruiting or not
  • is flowering important
  • soil conditions and aspect

With gardens getting smaller it is sometimes difficult to find a tree that will fit. The persimmon tree is one of the most versatile small growing trees. It has attractive foliage, it fruits and has good autumn colour.

And here we are talking about the Japanese variety Diospyros kaki, pictured right.

Landscaping With Small Trees

Small trees are great for small gardens, this is simply a matter of whey will fit. However the smaller growing types also have other landscaping uses, even in large gardens.

  • Small Trees are Great for Containers
    In containers, small trees are the answer. They will grow well as they usually do not need the large root system of gtheir larger relatives.
    They will fit in with the scale of the conatiner in terms of looks.
    They will be easier ti manage.

  • Small Trees can add scale to large gardens
    In large gardens using smaller trees as a lead in to large plantings can help add a sense of scale. Even a large garden, need smaller trees.

  • Small trees can be used to make a garden feel more open.
    Any garden filled with large tree can be a little claustrophobic. small trees open up the landscape.