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5 Best Small Trees for Your Fall Garden

5 Best Small Trees for Your Fall Garden

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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.

Redbud in bloom (Cercis canadensis)

Redbud in bloom (Cercis canadensis)

 

Leaf of a redbud (Cercis canadensis)

photo: redbudheartLeaf Credit: pippalou from Morguefile.com

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.

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

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.

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus)

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.

Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) Credit: Monrovia

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.

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

Close-up of bark on a Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

Close-up of bark on a Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

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.

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