Don't let square footage keep you from a beautiful garden. Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender shares 5 trees that are sure to liven up your space.
Trees are a beautiful part of any home landscape, but one thing that people tend to forget about when planting trees and choosing trees is that trees grow and just because you got something that was four feet tall in the pot does not mean that thing can't eventually grow into a hundred foot monster. This is too big! For most suburban yards. So I'm gonna give you five choices for smaller trees that you're gonna love to have in your yard. My first choice is always a Japanese maple. It's usually my second and my third choice, too. Because they're such great trees. There's thousands of different kinds of japanese maples out there. There are ones that grow 20 feet tall, there are ones that grow three feet tall. So, some grow upright, some are weeping, some have red leaves, some have orange leaves, some have yellow leaves, some have green leaves, and some are variegated. There's a Japanese Maple for every kind of garden. They grow slowly, so they won't outgrow their space. You're not gonna have to be pruning them a lot. You can even grow them in the container if you want. Believe me, the best small tree in my opinion is a Japanese Maple. My second choice for a great tree for a smaller space is called an Okame Flowering Cherry. It gets to be about 20 feet tall after just a few years. If you're one of those people who just can't wait for spring to get here, you'll be in luck because this is a Probably going to be the first tree to bloom in your neighborhood. In my neighborhood, in Central, Alabama it's usually in bloom like Valentine's Day. [SOUND] It has really really showy deep rose pink blooms and then as an added bonus in the fall its leaves Turn a bright orange red. So you get more bang for your buck. [SOUND] My third choice is a small native tree that not many people know about but they really should cuz it's super easy to grow And it gives you color in the shade. It's a native tree called a Red Buckeye. It's a slow grower, it'll eventually get maybe 15 to 20 feet tall. What's neat about it? Well, it's one of the first trees to leaf out in spring, and shortly after that it sends up these spikes Of bright red flowers that are about ten inches tall. Very, very showy. It's very easy to take care of. You can grow it in full sun, or you can grow it in shade. Mine is growing right in the woods, and it blooms great every spring. In the South, a lot of us grew up with flowering dogwood trees blooming in the spring. And you don't seem them so often now a days because people are finding that they're a little bit finicky to grow. So if you can't grow a dogwood, what's a good small tree that's a great substitute? This is one. It's a native tree called Carolina Silverbell. This tree grows to be about 30 to 35 feet tall and wide. It has absolutely no pests. Simple to grow. It all grow in sun it all grow in part shade it's called silver bell. Because it produces and abundance of these bell shape white flowers it hang down beneath every single branch absolutely beautiful. And it really belongs in your garden. Number five a lot of people in the south were even consider having a fruit tree in the yard because they say Well, it's a lot of work, it's hard to grow. It always needs to be sprayed. The fruit fall on the ground, it's all a big mess. I don't wanna bother with that. Well those people need to try this tree, which is called a Japanese Persimmon. It's related to our native persimmon, which gets to be huge. And you know the native persimmon, it drops those fruit and if you don't wait long enough in the fall for them to get fully ripe it makes you pucker up, it makes you feel like you've been sucking on a tennis ball for an hour. Okay, these are not like that. When they ripen they are just sweet from the get go and they're absolutely delicious. So if you go out to buy one of this at the garden center ask ' for one that self pollinating that means it'll produce fruit even if you only get one tree you won't need a second and also If you have one that is self pollinating by itself, it also won't develop seeds, so you can eat the entire fruit. It's absolutely beautiful. And another thing that I've noticed about these Japanese persunas, they're productive. You won't believe how much fruit you will get off this tree. I had an eight foot tree last year and I think I got probably 30 to 35 pounds of persimmons off of these things. So if you wanna a fruit tree that's beautiful, easy to grow,doesn't get too big, and gives you delicious fruit that you can be eating for six to eight weeks, Get a Japanese persimmon. So when you go to the Garden center to pick out a tree remember to ask how big that tree's gonna grow and pick one that fits the space you have. You're planting a tree, you're not planting a forest. [SOUND]