12 Shade Trees for Small Landscapes
Just because you have a small space doesn't mean you can't have an attractive shade tree. Learn how to pick the right one to fit your space and style.
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Japanese maples offer lots of fantastic colors and textures in upright forms that provide good shade and structure. Many will attain 10 to 20 feet in height, not quite as wide, depending on the specific variety.
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Washington hawthorn provides white flowers in late spring, glossy red fruit in late summer which persist into winter, and leaves that unfurl with a red/purple tint changing to deep green then orange, red or purple in fall. It grows 25 feet tall and wide. This tree does have thorns, so plant carefully!
Flowering dogwoods offer a burst of spring color in white, pink and even yellow. They typically max out around 20 feet and prefer partial sun.