Tree Selection Guide
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Ideas for Small Garden Trees (Up to about 4m):
Acer griseum – The Paperbark Maple with its peeling red and cinnamon bark. Good autumn colour
Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’ – Very graceful, deeply cut-leaved form of our native alder, slender pyramidal form, catkins followed by cones.
Amelanchier lamarckii - A small bushy tree with bronze young growth, white flowers and rich autumn colour.
Amelanchier 'La Paloma' - A small bushy tree with masses of snowy white flowers in April.
Arbutus unedo - A handsome native evergreen tree or large shrub, with persistent strawberry-like fruits.
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' – A small tree ideal for planting as a specimen or in clumps, beautiful white bark within three years.
Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' - More floriferous than C bignonioides. The leaves emerge a deep purple/black and turn to deep green. Can be coppiced.
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'' - A small round-headed tree with striking purple foliage - orange, red, yellow & purple in autumn. Pink flowers.
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' - A very small tree with spectacular pink flowers in spring. Most soils including dry/chalky. Open sunny position for best flowering.
Cornus 'Eddies White Wonder' - A stunning small tree. Large white bracts in May and rich autumn leaf colour.
Cornus florida 'Cloud Nine' - Large white bracts and fiery autumn leaf colour.
Cornus kousa 'Chinensis' - A small tree with bigger leaves, abundant fruits and rich autumn colour
Cornus kousa 'White Fountain' - Produces profuse large white bracts that weigh the branches down - hence fountain.
Cotoneaster 'Cornubia' - A vigorous small semi-evergreen tree with masses of red fruits in autumn. Grows quickly, useful as screening.
Crataegus laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet' - Pretty dark pink double flowers. Small red berries in autumn and good autumn colour.
Crataegus laevigata 'Rosea Flore Pleno' - Highly ornamental and robust thorn with a profusion of double pink flowers during may.
Crataegus persimilis prunifolia – A striking small round headed tree with showy fruits and good autumn colour, white blossoms.
Davidia involucrata - Large white flower bracts in may, orangey-brown peeling bark, shiny bright green leaves and green berries which turn purple in autumn.
Euonymous europeaus 'Red Cascade' - A splendid large shrub. Rich red autumn foliage studded with red and orange fruits, on arching branches.
Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' - The best form of this tree with long pendant chains of yellow flowers in May.
Malus 'Butterball' - A small spreading tree with white flushed pink blossom and heavy crops of large butter coloured fruits.
Malus 'Jelly King' - Upright/compact tree. White blossoms and large persistent fruits that last well into winter. Good for cooking.
Malus 'Mary Potter' - A small pendant tree with white blossom and persistent red fruits.
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' - Small tree. White-blushed blossom in spring. Autumn colour.
Malus transitoria - A beautiful small tree with profuse white blossom amber fruits and good autumn leaf colour.
Malus transitoria ‘Thornhayes Tansy’ – A pretty very dissected leaved form of this species.
Prunus 'Accolade' - A very pretty form, with semi-double, pink flowers, over a long period. One of the best hybrid cherries.
Prunus ‘Shogetsu' – An attractive small flat-topped tree with white blossom. One of the latest Japanese cherries to flower
Prunus 'Snow Goose' - An attractive small goblet shaped tree with profuse large single pure white blossom in April and rich autumn leaf colour.
Prunus 'The Bride' - A dainty small bushy tree with large early single white flowers, central pink blush.
Quercus Palustris 'Green Pillar' - A narrowly columnar form of this vigorous healthy species with brilliant red autumn colour.
Sorbus Autumn Spire - An upright, columnar form. Good for gardens, vivid autumn colour, bright yellow berries. Pretty white flowers in spring.
Sorbus aucuparia 'Ember Glow' - Bluish green leaves changing to oranges/reds in autumn. Persistant red fruits. Upright habit
Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' - Amber-yellow late summer berries. Folliage mid-green turning reds, oranges, purple, orange in autumn.
Sorbus 'Eastern Promise' - Small with an oval crown. Leaves orange/red in autumn. Rose-pink berries.
Sorbus 'Ghose' - A small, upright growing scab resistant Himalayan rowan, with large healthy leaves and large clusters of red fruit.
Sorbus 'scalaris' - A small, shrubby species, with frond like, pinnate foliage and flattened heads of red fruit. Good autumn colour.
Sorbus ulleugensis 'Olympic Flame' - A small, upright growing tree with large pinnate leaves that turn vivid orange/red in autumn with vivid orange/red berries.