People often ask me: what are the best small trees for landscaping? Here are my 5 favorite small, deciduous (leaf-shedding) trees for fall planting. Some of them are specimen trees, which are typically focal points in a garden.
Every garden needs at least one redbud! It stands out in spring for the tight red-pink buds clustering along its branches. There are many varieties of this native, shade-tolerating, specimen tree.
The crape myrtle comes in many sizes from 10-foot varieties to 30-foot monsters. It’s drought tolerant and the only tree on this list that is deer resistant.
The chaste tree produces lilac-colored blooms from June to September. The plant grows like a butterfly bush but doesn’t colonize like the bush. The tree grows 8 to 10 feet tall, loves full sun, and tolerates drought. It’s a specimen tree.
This native tree likes shade or sun and prefers moist, well-drained soils. It grows 10- to 15-feet tall and features beautiful white flowers in late spring. Specimen tree.
The tree needs full sun and well-drained soils. It’s a slow-growing but adaptable specimen tree that reaches 20- to 30-feet high.
If you live in Georgia and have questions about these or any other trees, reach out to us at Art of Stone Gardening.