10 Beautiful Small Trees to Decorate Your Garden

Who doesn’t love a tree? They add height and visual interest to your yard, and provide a reliable display of foliage (or flowers!) year-round. A tree towers over everything around us, providing us with shade and refuge, while also being a habitat for wildlife and migratory birds. Everything from the bark to the natural forms to the different colors of the foliage and flowers stand out season after season. Like anything, trees come in all shapes and sizes.

Therefore, it is important to choose the right size tree for your area. Whether you’re looking for a small tree with spring and summer blooms, evergreen foliage, or a low-maintenance plant, here’s a compact tree to consider. Here are some of the best trees for small southern gardens.

1. Crabapple

Name: Malus selections

Add a spectacular seasonal touch to your landscape with crabapples. White, pink and red flowers come in a variety. Whether their flowers are pendulous, round, or columnar, they can produce orange, gold, red, or burgundy fruit. ‘Prairifire’ is an outstanding variety with deep pink flowers, reddish-purple leaves and great disease resistance. Another popular variety is ‘Centurion’, which is characterized by pink flowers, an upright shape and high disease resistance.

Name: Choice of Begonia

2. Redbud

Name: Cercis canadensis

Valued for its outstanding display of pink or white flowers in spring, redbud is an easy-to-grow small tree with delightful heart-shape leaves that turn golden-yellow in fall. ‘Forest Pansy’ is a standout variety that has purple foliage which fades to dark green in late summer. Also look for ‘Silver Cloud’ which has white-splashed leaves. ‘Royal White’ clearly stand apart from other flowering tree varieties with its pure-white flowers.


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