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The essential guide to springtime tree planting and finding the ideal tree for your garden

Whether you’re lining the drive, growing a small sanctuary or creating some separation from your neighbours, there’s a tree that's right for you. Here are some of our recommendations for the right tree for the right place.

There is such a wide variety of beautiful garden trees available these days, but not all are suitable for small gardens. Here is our choice of trees for this situation;

  1. Amelanchier laevis ‘Snowflakes’ – With attractive colourful foliage and a mass of large white flowers appearing in April, this beautiful spreading deciduous small tree or large bush is sure to impact your garden.

  2. Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ – Pretty pea-like flowers emerge purple in Spring on bare branches, followed by large, heart-shaped bright golden leaves.

  3. Cotoneaster ‘Hybridus Pendulus’ – A great evergreen / semi-evergreen addition for your garden with arching branches, glossy dark green leaves, white flowers in early summer and bright red fruit in autumn.

  4. Crataegus ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ – One of our best-sellers, this striking small tree is a hit with birds and people alike. Compact, with a rounded crown, it blossoms in early spring with an abundance of vibrant double-pink flowers. Dark green foliage is followed by scarlet haws in autumn.

  5. Malus ‘Indian Magic’ - A stunning variety of crab apple; this small, deciduous tree has bronze, tinged leaves and deep pink flowers, which are followed by an abundance of orange crab apples in the autumn which can be used for jelly.

The chill of autumn mornings and nights is often brightened by the colourful landscapes of the season. The right choice of tree for your garden can add vibrancy through a wonderful array of reds, copper, golds and purples;

  1. Acer griseum – The paperbark maple sheds its peeling cinnamon-coloured bark in pretty thin curls. In late spring, young copper foliage opens with tiny yellow-green flowers. In autumn, the leaves display a firework of colours changing from yellow-green to crimson pink and scarlet red.

  2. Euonymous europeaus ‘Red Cascade’ – Another great tree for a small garden, this Spindle variety has arching branches that can almost droop under the weight of the rosy red fruits with yellow seed pods. In autumn, the foliage turns a rich scarlet.

  3. Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ – one of the most popular trees planted for autumn colour. It delivers a spectacular display of colours from its star-shaped leaves, from orange and yellow to red and purple.

  4. Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – Most rowan trees are a great bet for autumn interest in the garden; this particularly colourful form is suitable for small to medium-sized gardens. With an upright shape, clusters of creamy yellow fruit becoming orange- yellow as they ripen. Leaves turn shades of red, orange and purple in autumn.

  5. Parrotia persica – the Persian Ironwood is a beautifully small rounded tree that displays autumn colours from crimson, purple red and gold.

An elegant line of statuesque trees can make an entrance infinitely more imposing;

  1. Tilia cordata – A majestic UK native, the small-leaf lime makes for a striking avenue tree. With vibrant, glossy green heart-shaped foliage which turns yellow before leaf fall in autumn. Tolerant of many planting situations and a wonderful tree for wildlife.

  2. Prunus avium ‘Plena’ - A stunning, medium-sized, double flowering cherry with attractive autumnal foliage, often seen throughout our streets.

  3. Betula utilis Jacquemontii – The Himalayan Birch is one of our most popular trees. Commonly planted in urban and avenue planting schemes for its striking crisp white bark, delicate ovate vibrant leaves and pretty catkins. It looks particularly impactful when planted in groups.

  4. Taxus baccata – For an evergreen alternative, English Yew is so versatile it can be shaped into columns, cones, or whatever form is required. Long-lived and very tolerant of hard pruning, this can create a striking avenue for a formal situation.

  5. Acer campestre – Maples and sycamores generally make good avenue trees with their large statuesque forms. Field Maple is a slightly smaller alternative but with an excellent compact, oval form. Small, bright green lobed leaves appear in spring and turn from oranges to yellow and brown before falling in autumn.

Whereas a fence or wall will provide a structural boundary, often we require something a little soft