Trees for smaller gardens

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. eventual height

Flowering season

Full sun

Lilac

e.g. Syringa 'Red Pixie', 1.8m, May-Jun

Apple/fruit trees

e.g. Apple ‘Red Windsor’, 'Ballerina Samba' or ‘Scrumptious’, 2-5m (height depends on root stock), Apr-May

Ornamental cherry

e.g. Prunus ‘The Bride’, 2m, Apr; Prunus ‘Pink Shell’, 8m, Apr

Cersis

e.g. Cercis chinensis 'Avondale', 3m, Mar-Apr

Common myrtle

Myrtus communis, 3m, Jul-Aug

Spindle tree

e.g. Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade', 3m, May-Jun

Privet tree

Ligustrum Japonicum, 3m, Jun-Jul

Crab apple

e.g. Malus jelly king 'Mattfru', 4m, May

Juneberry

Amelanchier lamarckii, 4m, Mar-Apr

Corkscrew hazel

e.g. Corylus avellana 'Contorta', 5m, Feb-Mar

Rowan / mountain ash

e.g. Sorbus vilmorinii, 5m, Apr-May

Holly

e.g. Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' female or Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' female, 6-8m (or prune to height), May-Jun

Japanese dogwood

Cornus kousa, 7m, May-Jun

Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata, 8m (or prune to height), Mar-May

Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo, 8m, Sep-Nov

Part sun/part shade

Privet tree

Ligustrum Japonicum, 3m, Jun-Jul

Cersis

e.g. Cercis chinensis 'Avondale', 3m, Mar-Apr

Crab apple e.g. Malus jelly king 'Mattfru', 4m, May

 

Juneberry

Amelanchier lamarckii, 4m, Mar-Apr

Corkscrew hazel

e.g. Corylus avellana 'Contorta', 5m, Feb-Mar

Rowan / mountain ash

e.g. Sorbus vilmorinii, 5m, Apr-May

Holly

e.g. Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' female or Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' female, 6-8m (or prune to height), May-Jun

Japanese dogwood

Cornus kousa, 7m, May-Jun

Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata, 8m (or prune to height), Mar-May

Shade

Corkscrew hazel

e.g. Corylus avellana 'Contorta', 5m, Feb-Mar

Holly

e.g. Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' female or Ilex aquifolium 'Alaska' female, 6-8m (or prune to height), May-Jun

Hawthorn

Crataegus laevigata, 8m (or prune to height), Mar-May

Small or bare root plants are cheap and easier to establish in your garden. Water generously the first springand summer after planting

 

Any tree should be planted well away from buildings. Avoid planting over drains, near powerlines etc