Three Favorite Flowering & Fruiting Trees For Small Spaces
April 22, 2015
Whether you have recently downsized to a townhome or just don’t have space for a large tree, there are many small trees perfect for your urban landscape. If you have a larger property, a small blooming tree can make a great focal point or accent to provide color. You might even be able to harvest some fruit from your small tree!
Here are three of our favorite small trees
Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis, is a Texas-tough blooming tree perfect for urban landscapes. It has a loose, billowy form accented with pale pink and purple blooms from late spring through summer. The foliage is soft and feathery, giving this tough plant a soft look. Here in North Texas, the Desert Willow is very tough in the landscape, tolerating a variety of soils and extended drought. Plant alongside soft yuccas and Texas sage for a dramatic landscape full of color and texture. Desert willow can grow up to 20-feet tall and just as wide.
Mexican Chaste Tree, Vitex agnus-castus, is one of the most dramatic small trees for our urban gardens. Vitex are a multi-trunked tree with fragrant, gray-green foliage and large spikes of lavender to purple flowers. Plant as a focal point in smaller landscapes or as a blooming screen for your patio. Chaste tree thrives in sunny, hot locations. Vitex are irresistible to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! Grows to 20-feet tall and 20-feet wide.
Fig Trees grow especially well here in North Texas. Figs not only have an attractive form and lush foliage, but they also produce tasty fruit in summer. 'Texas Everbearing’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘Alma’ are three varieties grown for their heavy fruit and beautiful, large foliage. Depending on the variety, figs grow from 6-feet to 20-feet tall and up to 12-feet wide. They heartily withstand our Texas heat, but can sometimes suffer in very cold winters. It’s best to plant them on the south side of your home to offer up some winter protection. Mulch well and plant properly so the top of the root ball does not fall below the soil line. Enjoy the fruits of your labor summer through fall. Harvest when the fruit is soft.
Looking for larger tree varieties to plant for shade? See our top selections here.