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How to Choose a Tree That Will Work in Your Space

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How to Choose a Tree That Will Work in Your Space

Ben Trest, Landscape Specialist at Bates Nursery and Garden Center Nashville, discusses considerations when choosing a tree for your space. He goes over the basic things to consider as well as unique and interesting tree options for every size yard and budget. 

 

View the slide deck for this webinar.

 

 

 

 

Trees Mentioned in this Webinar:

 

Fruit & Nut Trees

 

Screening Trees:

Arborvitae/Thuja

Juniper/Juniperus

Holly/Ilex

Cypress/Cupress

 

Erosion Control:

Willow/Salix

River Birch/Betula

Tulip Poplar/Liriodendron

Cypress/Cupress

Cedar/Cedrus

 

Shade:

Zelkova

 

 

Trees for Color:

Fall Color:

Ginkgo

Black Gum/Nyssa sylvatica

Autumn Moon Japanese Maple/Acer shirasawanum

Red Maples/Acer

Dawn Redwood/Metasequoia 

 

Spring/Summer Color:

Black Gum/Nyssa sylvatica

Red-Leafed Redbud/Cercis

 

Flowering:

Cherry/Prunus

Redbud/Cercis

Dogwood/Cornus

Crabapple/Malus

Magnolia

Crape Myrtle/Lagerstroemia

 

Winter Interest:

Rough Bark Japanese Maples/Acer palmatum Arakawa

Coral Bark Japanese Maple/Acer palmatum Sango Kaku

Bihou Japanese Maple/Acer palmatum

Willow/Salix

River Birch/Betula

Crape Myrtle/Lagerstroemia

 

 

 

Trees for Texture

Broadleaf Trees:

Magnolia

Tulip Poplar/Liriodendron

Redbud/Cercis

 

Dense Branched Trees:

Zelkova

Conifers

Hollies/Ilex

 

Fine Textured Leaves:

Laceleaf Japanese Maple/Acer palmatum

Tiger Eye Sumac/Rhus

Pine/Pinus

Blue Atlas Cedar/Cedrus

Deodar Cedar/Cedrus deodara

Dogwood/Cornus

Snowbell/Styrax

 

Plants with Dissected Leaves:

Waterfall Japanese Maple/Acer palmatum

 

 

 

Trees by Tree Shape:

Columnar

Narrow growth habit, good for tight spaces

Slender Silhouette Sweetgum/Liquidambar

Boxwood/Buxus

Holly/Ilex

 

Pyramidal

Nellie R. Stevens Holly/Ilex

Cypress/Cupress

 

Oval/Rounded (Lollipop look)

Many trees fit in this category--Many can be pruned to achieve this look.

 

Vase-Shaped

Narrow at the bottom & wide at the top-good for shade in tight areas.

Zelkova

 

Weeping

Pine/Pinus

Cedar/Cedrus

Japanese Maples/Acer Palmatum

 

Espalier

Many trees can be espaliered into a flat, two-dimensional form for ornamental value. View our selection of espaliered trees here. A few we recommend are:

Ironwood/Parrotia

Apple/Malus

Pear/Pyrus

Magnolia

 


An espaliered Parrotia/Ironwood tree

 

 

Trees for Size & Scale

 

Large Trees (Over 40’)

Tulip Poplar/Liriodendron

Dawn Redwood/Metasequoia

Leyland Cypress/Cupress

Oak/Quercus

 

Mid-Sized Trees-15-45’

River Birch/Betula

Maple/Acer

Magnolia

Zelkova

Green Giant Arborvitae/Thuja

Holly/Ilex

 

Small 8-20’

Japanese Maple/Acer palmatum

Crape Myrtle/Lagerstroemia

Dogwood/Cornus

Redbud/Cercis

Cherry/Prunus

Crabapple/Malus

Fruit Trees

 

Dwarf/Miniature-4-10’

There are many cultivars of dwarf trees, both evergreen and deciduous. Look for any variety with "dwarf" or "weeping" in the name.

Japanese Maples/Acer palmatum

Dwarf Crape Myrtle/Lagerstroemia

 

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