Five small trees you can grow in your garden

Five small trees you can grow in your garden


Posted 20th Jun 2018


Gardening when you have a limited space is far from ideal

However, there are ways around this. To help you, Capital Gardens have compiled a list of small, spring flowering trees that you can grow in your garden, balcony or even a container on your very doorstep. Adding trees to your outdoor space will provide a larger proliferation of flowers, pollen, nectar and protection than plants alone.

You can control the size of your tree prune when it's necessary by planting in a container - this restricts growth. Alternatively, try a growing technique such as espaliering fruit trees. If you only have a small space, don't worry. Choosing young trees and keeping them in containers means you can always donate them in a few years when they start to get a bit too big for their pots.

Cherry

The ornamental cherry provides spring flowers in shades from rich pinks, to pastels and luminous whites. Bees will particularly enjoy the single, or semi-double forms. Avoid the double flowering varieties as the bees are not able to get at the nectar.

Standouts are Prunus 'Accolade', P. 'Kanzan', P. 'Amanongawa' and P. 'Ruby'.

Flowering between April to May, they have an ultimate height and spread 4-8m x 4-8m.

Apple

Apples will supply the bees with rich food sources before they give us crunchy fruits to munch, brake and jar.

Stand outs are Malus 'Evereste', M. 'Pink Glow', M. 'Toringo', M. 'Aros', and M. 'Laura.

Flowering in May, they have an ultimate height and spread of 7m x 7m.

Cercis 'Forest pansy'

The 'Forest pansy' or 'red bud' will produce tight clusters of purple-pink flowers before they unfurl its broad, deep purple, enigmatic foliage. It has been proven that bees are especially drawn to blues, purples and violets, so this is certain to guarantee a buzz.

Flowering between March and April, it has an ultimate height and spread of 4-8m x 4-8m.

Sorbus

The Mountain Ash or Rowan is a fully hardy and low maintenance option; it has a 'lace' like foliage that makes it an elegant small garden feature.

Stand out examples at Sorbus 'Chinese Lace' and S. 'Autumn Spire'.

Flowering in May, it has an ultimate height and spread of 6m x 5m.

Stand out examples are Amelanchier 'Ballerina', A. 'Lamarckii' and A. 'Obelisk'.

Flowering between March and April, it has an ultimate height and spread of 6m x 10m.

Amelanchier

The most delicate of our trees for bees, it has slim, milky white flowers. The 'Juneberry' bears dark purple, edible fruits in June.

Standouts include Amelanchier 'Ballerina', A. 'Lamarckii' and A. 'Obelisk'.

Flowering between March and April, it has an ultimate height and spread of 6m x 10m.

Tips courtesy of Capital Gardens





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