We all have that one place in our yard that's too narrow, most larger shade trees will be too big, but smaller ornamental trees could be too small. You know the spot in your yard we're talking about... the one that's next to your patio and fence line? Is it in your backyard? Up close to the house? Along the street? On the side of the house...? 

Here's Our Top 10 Countdown


10. Little Twist® Cherry

What a cute tree! At 8-10 ft tall and 6-8 ft wide, it is great for smaller spaces, as well as, acts as an accent to complete your landscape. Put it up close to your house or in your landscape bed that needs a little height. In the spring you will be delighted by its small, white flowers with a dapple of pink in the center.

Little Twist Cherry

9. Cleveland Select Ornamental Pear

The best of all worlds. The Cleveland Select Ornamental Pear comes to life with clusters of bright white flowers first thing in spring. Its dark green glossy leaves will add character in the late spring and into summer. When in fall, you'll be amazed by its brilliant, red and orange firey-fall color. At maturity, the Cleveland Select Ornamental Pear will be 35 ft tall and 15 ft wide. 

Cleveland Select Ornamental Pear

8. Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is often found hanging out in landscape beds of the corner of houses. Sitting there in all it's glory completing the look of the house. Placing them up close to a house is ideal because they will only be 15-20 ft tall and 15 ft wide at maturity. You'll enjoy its small white flowers in early spring and red berries in mid-summer. When fall hits the bright red fall color will catch your eye and you will be in love. Bonus: those red berries can be harvested for jam or baked in a pie!

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

7. Jack® Ornamental Pear

The perfect tree for under those electrical wires hanging in your front parkway. This dwarf tree will mature to 16 ft tall and 10 ft wide. You'll never have to worry about the branches getting into the overhead lines and you'll enjoy its clusters of bright white flowers in the spring and gold fall color right before winter. 

Jack Pear

6. Quaking Aspen

Picture this: you're sitting on your back porch looking out into the yard and you're enjoying the leaves of the Quaking Aspen glistening in the breeze. Its small leaves twinkle through the air. The dark green leaves pop against its bright white trunk and in the fall you'll be able to enjoy its striking, bright gold fall color. These trees are a great option for privacy in your backyard. They will grow to be 30 ft tall and 15 ft wide. 

Aspen

5. Pyramidal European Hornbeam

Pyramidal European Hornbeam is unique in its symmetrical and formal appearance. It is known for being particularly heat, drought, disease, and pest resistant. This tightly pyramidal tree with a strong form is best used in the landscape as an accent, for articulation, or as a tall hedge. Pyramidal Hornbeam is an excellent landscaping choice privacy situations.

Pyramidal European Hornbeam

4. Regal Prince® Oak

A newer variety of columnar oak, the Regal Prince® Oak is an improvement over many older varieties of columnar oak. This tree is a cross between Swamp White Oak and the Columnar English Oak. Regal Prince® Oak has a stronger and fuller branching structure than other trees in this category, and the two-toned green leaves contrast beautifully. Regal Prince® Oak is resistant to mildew and is notable for excellent columnar form.

Regal Prince

3. Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular arborvitae varieties and is known for its extremely narrow habit of growth. This narrow arborvitae has a bright green foliage color that holds well all winter. Emerald Green will grow about 12-14 ft tall by 3-4 ft wide.

 Emerald Green Arborvitae

2. Kindred Spirit® Oak

Kindred Spirit® Oak is a unique selection as it's among the tightest of columnar trees, narrow with a low canopy. Admirable foliage that stays a shiny, dark green throughout the growing season. 

Kindred Spirit Oak

1. Red Jewel Crabapple

Red Jewel White Flowering Crabapple is our no. 1 recommended white flowering crabapple selection and its no. 1 on our countdown for the Top 10 Trees for Tight Spaces! This tree EXPLODES with stunning, fragrant white flowers along its branches in mid-spring, which gives way to persistent red fruits in the fall.

Red Jewel


This blog post was written by both Marlee Harford and Brittany Johnson of iTrees.com... #teamwork makes the #dreamwork!

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