Dwarf Trees

Making the Most of Your Space with Dwarf Trees

If you have a small amount of space but you still want to plant a unique garden with trees, then dwarf trees might be the answer to your predicament.  Dwarf trees still provide some of the incentives and character that larger trees offer; only they come in smaller packages that are better suited to tiny places.

Dwarf trees are pretty much what their name implies-trees that are smaller than standard-sized trees. They are typically less than 10 feet tall, as opposed to other trees which range from 15-40 feet in height. Because they are smaller, they are easier to care for and easier to prune. They also make it easier to harvest fruit since you don't have to stand on ladders to reach them. In addition, if you have a small lawn or garden, they take up less space.

Some common dwarf trees that bear fruit include apple trees that bear Granny Smiths, Goldrush, Cortland and Honeycrisp apples; pear trees that bear Bartletts and Beurre Boscs; plum trees that bear Bubbblegum Plums and Burbank Elephant Hearts; lemon trees; lime trees; orange trees that bear Washington Navels, Moro Blood Orange, and Bouquet de Fleur Sour Oranges; and cherry trees.

Although you will still need to provide the right amount of care to your dwarf trees, and they will still need to be pruned annually, taking care of them should mean less work than taking care of standard sized trees.

There are also small trees that can be used as ornamental trees, as well. These are just plain pretty to look at and can be used as accent pieces or planted together in a group. Some popular ornamental trees that are small in stature include Tina crabapples, Japanese Maples, Weeding Redbuds, Alberta Spruces, China Girl Dogwoods, Persian Ironwoods, Stewartias, Dwarf larches, Balsam Firs, Franklin Trees, and Weeping Youngii Birches.

Even though the trees are small, it is important that you don't plant too many of them at once or else your yard or garden will look cluttered. It's also important that you don't plant them too close to a fence or wall because they will still need space to grow in. When trees are overcrowded, they will have to compete with other things for sunlight and nutrients.

There are also miniature trees, too. These are tiny trees that can grow to be less than 5 feet tall. If you are really pressed for space, then you might want to consider planting a miniature tree. In fact, you don't even need a lawn or a garden for a miniature tree-they can be planted in pots. These are great for people that don't have yards and live in the city with only a small patio space. They can also be good for people that have to bring their plants inside during the colder months.

Most nurseries have a variety of dwarf trees and miniature trees to choose from. They should also provide trees that grow well in your climate and temperature zone. If you're unsure, you can always ask the nursery worker how to take care of your tree properly. Some will even prune your tree before you load it up.

If you don't want to visit a nursery, or you can't, then you can oftentimes purchase your trees over the internet or through a catalogue. It's important that you are purchasing a tree that will grow well in the area that you live in, however. Not every tree is suited to every area and this can present challenges and difficulties when it comes to keeping your tree healthy and thriving.



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