The Best Trees to Plant in Small Gardens: Advice from Arborists on the North Shore

While it would be ideal to have a large, sprawling garden with a wide variety of different trees, most of us live in the suburbs with smaller gardens. This means we really have to be careful with our garden layout, what trees we plant and where we plant them.

As a professional arborist on the North Shore, a common question that we get asked is: What are the best trees to plant in a small garden? In this blog, we will look at some of the best small native trees to plant in small gardens.

Tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis)

The Tuckeroo is certainly a very handsome tree that is made up of a solid trunk, appealing green foliage and little orange berries. This tree looks great in any garden, and because its roots are non-invasive, you can plant it near buildings and other structures. These trees can grow quite a wide canopy, providing you with shade and shelter.

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)

This small and slender tree can handle quite a lot of heavy pruning to keep it in miniature size and achieve the shape you are after. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy their iconic fluffy, white flowers.

Willow-Leaf Hakea (Hakea salicifolia)

This low maintenance tree has shallow roots and can be planted near buildings without hassle. They seem to thrive in most garden environments so long as the soil is not too rich. This attractive tree features cream-coloured flowers.

Kurrajong (Brachychiton bidwillii)

The Kurrajong is a very popular choice for small gardens, as it will never grow higher than your roof. It boasts stunning bell-shaped flowers in spring, and this tree starts blooming from a very young age.

Native Frangipani (Hymenosporum)

The native frangipani tree does not need to grow very tall to bloom. In fact, you can experience a full bloom at less than two metres high and enjoy the pretty little, sweet-scented flowers. Furthermore, this slender tree is relatively simple to care for!

Of course, there are many other small trees that are ideal for small gardens! And if these trees don’t appeal to you, there definitely will be a tree that does!

Are you looking for an experienced and professional arborist on the North Shore? Here at Hort Culture, our arborists can assist you with all of your tree-related needs, whether it be pruning, planting, or tree removal. Get in touch with us today on 0434 863 822.


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