THINK new trees but think small !!

There are many trees widely available for smaller gardens, in all shapes and sizes, evergreen and deciduous. Given that many of us have limited space in which to garden, it becomes important that any trees chosen are right for their surroundings, in terms of proportion as well as for their decorative value.

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a tree for the small garden.

* Height and spread: This is probably the most important factor. Even small ornmental trees may, over time, reach a height of six to eight metres. If this is too much, consider a weeping form, as these rarely increase much in height, or choose a large shrub.

* Season of interest: Consider when you want your tree to look good, thinking about flowering time, foliage, fruit and bark.

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