Experts and BHG readers answer.
Can you recommend a tree that won't grow over 20 feet and has color all season?
There are few small trees that have interest all season. Here are several to consider. Cockspur hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli) bears white flowers in spring and has red fruits in late summer or autumn. Zones 4-7. Crabapple (Malus) flowers in spring in shades of red, white, or pink. Some selections offer colorful fruits, which attract birds in autumn. Zones 4-8. Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) offers white flowers in early spring, followed by edible red fruits. In autumn, the leaves turn burgundy-red. Zones 4-9. Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) produces pink or white flowers in spring and colorful leaves in fall. Some selections, such as 'Forest Pansy', have burgundy leaves. Zones 5-9. Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) blooms in early summer, producing pink or white flowers followed by large fruits that resemble strawberries. Zones 5-8.