10 Beautiful and Compact Landscaping Trees for Small Spaces

Jeana Cadby
February 15, 2020

The cascading trills of wild birds are softened only by the gentle rustling of long wisping branches, rolling back and forth in the wind. Adding trees to the landscape is a priceless opportunity to add depth and ambiance, with many diverse options for a natural aesthetic. 

Small spaces can often present challenges when it comes to finding the right tree. However,  there are still many wonderful options to discover, so here are 10 beautiful and compact landscaping trees, ideal for small spaces (and all under 15 ft tall!) 

Weeping Norway Spruce

Weeping Norway Spruce Trees at Garden Gate in Boring, Oregon.
Weeping Norway Spruce Trees at Garden Gate in Boring, Oregon.

Dense, weeping limbs spill out like a gurgling geyser, a wonderful specimen for lush, evergreen color, all year round. The Weeping Norway is adaptable and slow growing, with so much character packed into a compact tree.

Growing in Zones 3-7, with a height of 6 ft, and spread of 4 ft. 

More about the Weeping Norway Spruce Tree

Tamukeyama Japanese Maple

Tamukeyama leaves.
Tamukeyama leaves.

Elegant, gossamer leaves in deep burgundy red are the highlight of this compact maple tree. Pillows of luscious foliage give the appearance of a tree with a bold, commanding presence, and the Tamukeyama certainly does not disappoint. 

Growing in Zones 4-8, with a maximum height of 8 ft, and spread of 12 ft. 

More about the Tamukeyama Japanese Maple Tree.

Lavender Twist Redbud

Deep pink to lavender blooms are exquisite, adorning gentle wisping branches. Yellow fall color is an added bonus, enhancing gracefully contoured, twisted branch growth. It is certain that the Lavender Twist Redbud will steal your heart

Lavendar Twist Redbud flowers in Spring.
Lavendar Twist Redbud flowers in Spring.

Growing in Zones 5-9, with a maximum height of 8 ft, and spread of 8 ft. 

More about the Lavender Twist Redbud Tree.

Weeping Colorado Blue Spruce

Brilliant and crisp, silver-blue evergreen foliage is eye catching and mesmerizing. The Weeping Colorado Blue is a reliably unique specimen, sure to become a striking focal point for any small space. Growing in Zones 3-7, with a maximum height of 8 ft, and spread of 4 ft. 

Weeping Colorado Blue Spruce Needles
Weeping Colorado Blue Spruce Needles

More about the Weeping Blue Spruce-Picea “the Blues” Tree

Snow Fountain Cherry

Wistful, weeping branches, cascading with delicately soft, white cherry blossoms. Gold to orange fall colors add seasonal interest as well. Enjoy the dance of a gentle breeze with the Snow Fountain Cherry.

Growing in Zones 4-8, with a maximum height of 12 ft, and spread of 12 ft. 

More about the Snow Fountain Cherry Tree.

Emperor One Japanese Maple

Seasonal, red fall color has never looked better than on the low branching and rounded form of the Emperor One. This low maintenance and compact maple tree maintains all of the classical and adored characteristics of a lobed leaf Japanese Maple tree, with small form and plenty of beauty. 

Growing in Zones 4-8, with a maximum height of 15 ft, and spread of 15 ft. 

More about the Emperor One Japanese Maple Tree

Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood

Striking variegated foliage adds a unique texture to the landscape, complemented with large white flowers in the spring. Elegant leaves ribbon outwards, highlighted with an ivory fringe. Flowers appear delicately placed upon the dynamic form, curling outwards as if to embrace the sky. 

Growing in Zones 4-8, with a maximum height of 15 ft, and spread of 15 ft. 

More about the Wolf Eyes Japanese Dogwood Tree.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are wonderful ornamental trees, with blooms bursting into an explosion of color mid-summer. Grafted trees deliver a spectacular show at eye-level, making tree-form hydrangeas a wonderful compact tree choice. There is also a fantastic diversity of color available with compact hydrangea trees, including the Limelight, Quick Fire, and Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Trees.

Limelight Hydrangeas at Garden Gate Nursery in Pasco, Washington
Limelight Hydrangeas at Garden Gate Nursery in Pasco, Washington

Limelight

Lively lime-green flowers bloom at the perfect gazing height. 

Growing in Zones 3-9, with a maximum height of 6 ft, and spread of 7 ft. 

Quick Fire

Matrimonious pink and white flowers are stunning and fresh. 

Growing in Zones 3-9, with a maximum height of 7 ft, and spread of 7 ft. 

Vanilla Strawberry

Butterfly-like petals gracefully perch on elegant stalks. 

Growing in Zones 6-4, with a maximum height of 4 ft, and spread of 8 ft. 

Conclusion

Finding the perfect compact tree for landscaping comes with a multitude of benefits. Be it compact trees with gorgeous flowers, unique growth habit, or simply refreshing foliage, there are so many options out there! What is your favorite compact landscaping tree?


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