If your yard is on the smaller side, you may have assumed that there aren’t many trees you can plant in your space, as they will grow too large and take over the yard. However, this assumption is not true. There are many narrow trees that you can plant in your yard that will not outgrow the area. This is great news for anyone who has been wanting to plant a tree in their smaller yard but has been too afraid to. It’s important to know which types of trees will work well in a tight space. Here are five narrow trees that will not outgrow your yard but will make it even more beautiful.
1. Sky Pencil Holly Tree
If you’re looking for a very narrow tree for your yard, the Sky Pencil holly tree will suit those needs. Scientifically known as Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’, this tree will fit perfectly in the tightest of spaces, as its branches grow skyward and rarely need trimming. It’s one of few trees that have branches that grow upward, ensuring that it won’t outgrow your yard or hinder any surrounding plants. The Sky Pencil holly tree grows to a maximum height of about 8 to 10 feet and a maximum width of only 2 feet.
To fully thrive, these trees should be planted in an area that receives full to part sun each day and in soil that drains well. They have a moderate growth rate. You can plant them alone or use them to accent the corners of your exterior, making them quite versatile as well.
2. Skyrocket Juniper
Another extremely narrow tree is the Skyrocket juniper, known scientifically as Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’. These columnar-shaped trees fit into the narrow sides between houses and other difficult small spaces. They grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet but just reach widths of about 2 to 3 feet.
One perk of planting more than one of these trees consecutively is that they can serve as a break from the wind and as privacy screens. They’re also drought-resistant and easy to care for, as you won’t have to trim or prune them to keep their shape or look. Additionally, they can serve as a great accent plant.
Skyrocket juniper trees should be planted in areas that receive full sun, however, they can handle a small amount of shade that may occur during the day. They have a moderate growth rate. These trees are also able to flourish in various soil types, meaning that soil preference doesn’t need to be considered.
3. Crimson Pointe Flowering Plum
That’s right, even if your yard is on the smaller side, you can add a plum tree. The Crimson Pointe flowering plum, known scientifically as Prunus x cerasifera ‘Cripoizam’, is a deciduous tree that’s very dense. It stands narrowly upright and grows in a columnar shape. At maturity, these trees reach heights of 20 to 25 feet tall and widths of about 5 to 6 feet.
During the springtime, the branches of the flowering plum produce fragrant pink-white flowers that arrive in clusters. However, throughout any season, these trees have a very attractive deep purple coloring.
The Crimson Pointe flowering plum tree should be planted in an area that receives full sun and in soil that is well-drained. They have a moderate growth rate. It’s important to note that plum trees make a great addition to any landscape, which is why it’s important to properly take care of them.
4. Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese Maple
Japanese maple trees are some of the most well-known ornamental trees, making them a popular choice for yards. If your yard is small, there’s a variety you can plant too. The Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese maple, known scientifically as Acer palmatum ‘Tsukasa Silhouette’, is the first columnar variety of the Japanese maple family. This cultivar grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet and a width of 6 to 7 feet.
The Tsukasa Silhouette Japanese maple is known for its versatility. It can serve as a beautiful centerpiece to your garden or as an ornamental hedge. During the spring, the foliage is a lime-green color. It then turns dark green during the summer months. In the fall, the foliage becomes a vibrant red.
In order to thrive, it should be planted in an area that receives partial sun. It has a moderate growth rate and should be planted in soil that’s rich and well-drained. It’s tolerant of humidity.
5. Slender Silhouette Columnar Sweetgum
If you’re looking for a tree that grows pretty tall but remains narrow, the Slender Silhouette columnar sweetgum is a good choice. Scientifically known as Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’, these trees are a fast-growing variety of sweetgum tree and native to the Pacific Northwest. They grow up to 60 feet tall but remain only about 5 to 6 feet wide.
The foliage of these trees is usually an emerald-green color, but it turns orange-red during the fall. These trees should be planted in areas of full sun. They can tolerate an array of soil conditions but prefer a moist, well-drained area.
Sweetgum trees do produce brown, sticky sweetgum balls that then drop to the ground, which is why some people worry about planting this type of tree in their yards. However, if you opt for this variety, they don’t produce as much fruit and it only falls in a very small area due to the narrowness of the tree.
The above five trees are all great options for your yard, and none of them will outgrow the area. Before deciding which one (or multiple ones) you want to plant, be sure to check the type of soil in your yard and the amount of sun exposure it receives. If you’re still unsure as to which of these narrow trees you should plant in your yard, give Mr. Tree a call. We’ll be happy to make a recommendation for you.