Easy to Grow Small to Medium Trees for the Suburban Landscape

Discover reasonably-sized low maintenance beautiful tree varieties to enrich your landscape.

Are you looking for a way to beautify your landscape with lovely flowering or shade producing trees? Or would you like to accent your yard with a few focal points?

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There are many easy to maintain tree varieties that add lasting grace and year around beauty to your landscape, trees that are ideal for the suburban landscape, as they reach only three to ten feet tall at maturity.

Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud or Coventry Red Bud – Eight to Ten Feet

Lavender twist weeping redbud is a smaller variety of redbud. However, it is unique in that It contorts as it grows. If you are looking for a tree that you don’t need to grow in full sun, this is a good choice.

Lavender twist does best in partial sun and can be planted under or near larger shade trees. This is a slow-growing tree. It’s worth the investment to spend the $225 in order to start with a larger sized tree.

Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud
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Weeping Cherry Tree – Eight to Ten Feet

The weeping cherry is a four-season tree; it has something to admire in every season. In the spring, it blooms fountains of white or pink flowers (depending on the variety you choose). In the summer, its branches are full of dark purple berries, which birds like to eat.

In the fall it continues to be lovely and in the winter when the snow fills its branches, its beautiful weeping shape, provides winter interest in the garden.

Weeping Cherry Tree
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The weeping cherry requires full sun and is a faster-growing tree than the Lavender Twist but it can still take about five years for the trunk to grow five inches in diameter.

This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a tree to serve as a focal point in your yard. Due to its weeping shape, it is a natural eye catcher.

Dwarf Alberta Spruce Tree – Six to Eight Feet

These trees are commonly used in porch gardens, which are small gardens created to cover up the foundation of a house without a porch. They are lovely evergreen specimens and grow six to eight feet tall and wide but will probably take about twenty years to do so.

For the first few winters, it’s a good idea to dig around them so they don’t become completed buried in snow.

Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree – Eight to Ten Feet

This tree literally adds fun twists to the garden with its corkscrew-shaped branches. The walking stick tree grows in part shade to full sun. It gets eight to ten feet wide and tall. Like the weeping cherry tree, you can’t help but look at this tree.

It creates year round interest in the garden since its shape is like no other plant that you’ll see. It looks as good without leaves as with leaves.

Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree
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The Japanese Maple

There are many varieties of Japanese maple trees that can be grown. The most common varieties are sold in garden stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

These are very slow growing trees so if you are concerned about the growth rate, buy a larger tree. The Japanese maple adds beauty to a porch garden pond, or any part of the yard. It can be grown in part to full shade.

Small Patio Trees

If you have really limited space, you still have some great options so don’t fret! The weeping pussy willow tree and red haven ultra dwarf patio peach tree are two superb choices.

The weeping pussy willow tree only grows to three feet tall at maturity. Like larger varieties, it sports the fuzzy white catkins of its namesake. The red haven ultra dwarf peach features striking red leaves and edible fruit.

Both trees can be planted in patio containers ranging from three gallons to eighteen inches in diameter or in the ground.

Any red haven or pussy willow tree that is not sold as a patio tree should only be planted directly in the ground as there are many larger varieties available.

What are you waiting for? Get planting!