Friday, March 2, 2012

MORE Good Deciduous Trees for Small Urban Gardens

In case you missed my earlier post listing 10 Good Deciduous Trees for Small Urban Gardens, you can access it here. Now here are 10 MORE good choices.

11. Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula' - Copper weeping beech
Size: 10' tall x 10' wide
Comments: Purple leaves; splendid accent plant; good in containers
12. Ginkgo biloba - Ginkgo
Size: 40+' tall x 20' wide
Comments: Very slow growing; unique leaf shape; deep gold fall color
13. Hamamelis mollis - Chinese witch hazel
Size: 10-15' tall and wide
Comments: Great small tree/shrub for year around interest; yellow to orange spidery flowers appear before leaves in winter, some varieties are fragrant; attractive leaf and branching patterns; great fall color ranging from yellow to red-orange.
14. Liquidamber styraciflua - American sweet gum
Size: to 25'
Comments: Fabulous fall color: red, yellow, purple; attractive bark
15. Oxydendron arboreum - Sourwood
Size: 15-20" tall x 20' wide
Comments: Pyramidal form; vivid fall color; creamy fragrant, bell-shaped flowers; seed capsules in fall
16. Parrotia persica - Persian ironwood
Size: 15-35' tall 
Comments: attractive year around, especially with fall color that changes from golden yellow, to orange to scarlet
17. Stewartia monadelpha - Tall stewartia
Size: to 25' tall
Comments: Brilliant red fall color; rich, brown, scaly bark becoming cinnamon-colored in age; graceful tree
18. Stewartia pseudocamellia - Japanese stewartia
Size: 30+' tall
Comments: Pyramidal form; slow growing; orange-red to purplse fall color; creamy white flowers in summer resemble those of cmellias; showy, peeling bark with shades of tan, green, grey, rust, terra cotta and cream.
19. Styrax japonica - Japanese snowbell tree
Size: up to 30' tall
Comments: Strong horizontal branching patterns; small, white, slightly fragrant snow-drop flowers line the undersides of branches in spring; clear yellow fall color
20. Styrax obassia - Fragrant snowbell
Size: 20-20' tall
Comments: Oval-round shape; white flowers same as above, but more fragrant; blooms somewhat later in the season; yellow fall color. 
For more information on these trees and much, much more, consult The New Sunset Western Garden Book. This is the newest edition of this classic garden guide, released in February, 2012.