TREES FOR SMALL AND NARROW SPACES
Planting trees in small spaces is growing ever more popular in the urban community. Even with smaller yards, homeowners are still working to create shade or block unwanted views, but think they are limited due to space.
We stock our nursery specifically to meet the need of urban gardeners, including trees that work beautifully in small spaces. We have recently stocked our nursery with several choices of trees that lend themselves to situations such as this. For planting in the strip between the street and sidewalk, we recommend the versatile Upright European Hornbeam. This tree has a very upright habit up to 40' in height and at maturity, is only 10-15' wide. Because of this characteristic, the hornbeam provides some shade and beauty to the sidewalk setting without encroaching into the street. Additionally, the columnar habit allows easy access for pedestrians on the sidewalk. Golden yellow fall color is another lesser, but still beautiful feature of this under-utilized tree.
Another favorite for those limited areas is the English Oak. We specifically like the newer introduction, "Regal Prince." This variety has deep green foliage with great mildew and borer resistance on an upright and stately tree that can grow up to 60' in height. Typically, in maturation, it will get only 20-25' in width. This tree also lends itself to street planting, tall border plantings or even as a specimen planted in a prominent spot in the yard.
We also recommend the Japanese Maples as a showy choice for a small space. Full and stocky specimens are available in several varieties including the Pygmy, which has dissectum, or willowy foliage on an upright growing tree that grows to only 6-8' in height.
We are fans of the weeping green leafed variety “Viridis" as well. This particular variety has lacy green leaves covering pendulous branches that will sweep the ground if allowed, on specimens that may only get 6' tall and 10' wide. In the fall, "Viridis" puts on quite the show! Fall foliage color is a bright vivid orange and can be easily spotted in the landscape come the month of October.