What are some small trees we could consider planting in our small yard?
Our yard is rather small so a large tree would be too big for it. Could you suggest some small trees for us to consider planting?
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Tree size varies from site to site depending on soil conditions and climate. Most references provide a range of heights for trees. If conditions are favorable, the tree will grow larger; if not so favorable, it will stay smaller. As a general guideline for mature tree height, consult the list below.

Small trees-to 25 feet

  • Amur maple; Acer tataricum ginnala; 2-8
  • Crape myrtle; Lagerstroemia indica; (5)6-10
  • Eastern redbud; Cercis canadensis; (4)5-9
  • Flowering crabapple; Malus spp.; 4-8
  • Flowering dogwood; Cornus florida; 5-9
  • Japanese flowering cherry; Prunus serrulata; 5-8
  • Japanese maple; Acer palmatum; 5-8
  • Japanese snowbell; Styrax japonicus; 5-8
  • Japanese stewartia; Stewartia pseudocamellia; 5-7(8)
  • Kousa dogwood; Cornus kousa; 5-8
  • Loquat; Eriobotrya japonica; 8-10
  • Paperbark maple; Acer griseum; 5-8
  • Trident maple; Acer buergerianum; 5-8
  • Washington hawthorn; Crataegus phaenopyrum; 5-8
  • White fringe tree; Chionanthus virginicus; 4-9

Medium trees-25 to 50 feet

  • American arborvitae; Thuja occidentalis; 3-7
  • American holly; Ilex opaca; 5-9
  • American hornbeam; Carpinus caroliniana; 3-9
  • American yellowwood; Cladrastis kentuckea; 4-8
  • Amur cork tree; Phellodendron amurense; (4)5-7(8)
  • Arizona cypress; Cupressus arizonica; 7-9
  • Black gum, black tupelo; Nyssa sylvatica; (4)5-9
  • Black locust; Robinia pseudoacacia; 4-8(9)
  • Callery pear; Pyrus calleryana cvs.; 5-8(9)
  • Chinese elm, lacebark elm; Ulmus parvifolia; 5-9
  • Chinese pistachio; Pistacia chinensis; 6-9
  • Colorado spruce; Picea pungens; 3-7(8)
  • Eastern red cedar; Juniperus virginiana; 2-9
  • English oak; Quercus robur; 5-8
  • European black alder; Alnus glutinosa; 3-7
  • European mountain ash; Sorbus aucuparia; 3-7
  • Golden raintree; Koelreuteria paniculata; 5-9
  • Higan cherry; Prunus subhirtella; 5-8
  • Incense cedar; Calocedrus decurrens; 5-8
  • Japanese tree lilac; Syringa reticulata; 3-7
  • Ohio buckeye; Aesculus glabra; 4-7
  • Red maple; Acer rubrum; 3-9
  • Sweet bay magnolia; Magnolia virginiana; 5-9
  • White fir; Abies concolor; 4-7

Large trees-over 50 feet

  • American linden; Tilia americana; 3-8
  • American sycamore; Platanus occidentalis; (4)5-9
  • Bald cypress; Taxodium distichum; 5-10
  • Canadian hemlock; Tsuga canadensis; (3)4-7
  • Dawn redwood; Metasequoia glyptostroboides; 5-8
  • Deodar cedar; Cedrus deodara; 7-9
  • Douglas fir; Pseudotsuga menziesii; (3)4
  • Eastern white pine; Pinus strobus; 3-7(8)
  • European beech; Fagus sylvatica; (4)5-7
  • Ginkgo; Ginkgo biloba; 4-8(9)
  • Green ash; Fraxinus pennsylvanica; (2)3-9
  • Japanese zelkova; Zelkova serrata; 5-8
  • Katsura tree; Cercidiphyllum japonicum; 5-8
  • Kentucky coffee tree; Gymnocladus dioica; (3)4-8 
  • Littleleaf linden; Tilia cordata; 4-7
  • Live oak; Quercus virginiana; (7)8-10
  • London plane tree; Platanus  x acerifolia; (5)6-8
  • Northern catalpa; Catalpa speciosa; 4-8(9)
  • Norway spruce; Picea abies; 2-7
  • Pin oak; Quercus palustris; 4-8
  • Red oak; Quercus rubra; 3-8
  • River birch; Betula nigra; 4-9
  • Southern magnolia; Magnolia grandiflora; (6)7-9(10)
  • Sugar maple; Acer saccharum; 3-8
  • Sweetgum; Liquidambar styraciflua; 5-9
  • Thornless honeylocust; Gleditsia triacanthos inermis; 4-9
  • Tulip tree; Liriodendron tulipifera; 5-9
  • White ash; Fraxinus americana; 3-9
  • White oak; Quercus alba; 3-9
Answered by BHGgardenEditors