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Trees for Small Gardens

Trees for Small Gardens

Many people regard trees as a feature reserved for gardens with bountiful space. While it’s true that many trees do require room to flourish, there are plenty of trees for small gardens available.

Small gardens often benefit from the use of pots and planters to keep flowers and plants from spilling over into valuable space, but small trees work in the same way for small gardens.

In our collection at Primrose, you’ll discover ornamental trees for small gardens that you can enjoy all year round.


Under 3m

Specimen willow with amazing growth habit and multi-coloured foilage.

Architectural specimen that produces stunning fuzzy anthers, ideal for attracting pollinators. 

Weeping cherry with unmatched autumn colour.

Versatile dwarf amelanchier with all the classic features: excellent flowering display, bronze foilage and ornamental fruits. 

The ever popular weeping cherry or choice

The M27 rootstock exerts the greatest dwarfing effect of any rootstock, producing trees a mere 1.5m in height

New dwarf cherry from the far north of Japan

Popular dwarf cherry ideal for patios

Small shrub with tiered layers of pollinator-attracting white cluster flowers. Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Plant of the Year. 

Flowering plum with metallic leaves and fragrant double flowers. 

This almond is possibly the earliest flowering and smallest blossom tree on the market. 

Popular flowering apricot with reddish pink flowers. 


Under 5m

One of the smaller rowans, ideal for attracting wildlife to your garden, owing to its long lasting ornamental berries.

Weeping ornamental pear tree with elegant weeping branches and silvery foliage.

Producer of giant vivid crabapples, ideal for culinery applications.

If quirky growth habits and year round sructure is your thing, dwarf conifers are for you.


Upright Trees

Popular upright cherry that will produce a spectacular flowering display come spring.

Very fast growing Aussie import with lovely bark and foliage.

Simply stunning crabapple with luxurious flowers, foliage and fruit. HTA National Plant Show Best In Show.

Upright laburnum suitable for small gardens. HTA National Plant Show Best In Show.

Upright offspring of 'Joseph Rock' with all its great features. Spectacular autumn colour.

Divine beech that provides year round colour.

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    Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' | Willow Tree
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    Prunus 'Kiku Shidare Zakura' | Cherry Blossom Tree
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    Acer palmatum 'Katsura' | Japanese Maple Tree
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    Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' | Japanese Maple Tree
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    Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' | Japanese Maple Tree
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Smaller gardens shouldn’t have to miss out on the beauty of a well-chosen tree. In fact, trees for small gardens can provide plenty of benefits such as additional privacy without taking up too much space.

  • What is the best type of tree for a small garden?

    It stands to reason that small trees are best for small gardens, but you need to understand which trees will stay small and which will soon grow out of control in a small space!
    Research the ultimate height and spread of the tree to see what kind of area the tree will take up when fully grown. Then consider the rate at which the tree will grow so it doesn’t overwhelm other plants in your garden that may grow more slowly.

    Finally, consider the appearance of the tree – if it blooms, will it complement the other plants and flowers in your garden. If it bears fruit, will you have time to harvest and maintain the growth?

    Some of our favourite trees for small gardens are:

  • What are the best trees for privacy in a small garden?

    If you’re looking to make your garden more private, there are plenty of trees that will still suit a small garden. Screening trees work best for privacy. Bamboo plants are an extremely popular choice, but more traditional trees such as magnolia and cypress trees will also provide you with the height and density needed for additional privacy.
  • What are the fastest growing small trees?

    If you’re purchasing young trees but want to make sure that they’ll quickly grow into their space in the garden, make sure that you choose a fast growing small tree. Some of the fastest growing trees in our collection at Primrose are rowan trees, silver birch and wisteria plants.