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Seven Gorgeous Trees for Small Spaces

Looking for an ornamental tree that will fit under power lines or in other confined spaces? Here are a few of our favorites:

cardinal crab apple

'Cardinal' crab apple

'Cardinal' crab apple adds color spring through fall and tops out at 18 feet. Read more about 'Cardinal'.

Washington hawthorn

Washington hawthorn

Washington hawthorn grows 25 to 30 feet tall. It's a North American native with white spring flowers, bright fall foliage and bird-feeding winter fruits. Read more about Washington hawthorn.

Japanese stewartia

Japanese stewartia

Japanese stewartia grows 20 to 40 feet tall and brings four seasons of interest. Read more about it.

Amur maackia

Amur maackia

Amur maackia is an unusual tree with summer flowers and large compound leaves. It grows 20 to 30 feet tall. Read about Amur maackia.

American hornbeam

American hornbeam

American hornbeam is an understory tree of eastern North America, reaching 20 to 35 feet tall. Learn more about this shade lover.

vine maple

Vine maple

The vine maple, native to western North America, boasts bright fall color and an interesting architecture to 20 feet tall. Read about vine maple.

elizabeth magnolia

'Elizabeth' magnolia

The award-winning 'Elizabeth' magnolia can't be beat for its reliable yellow flowers in spring. It remains under 35 feet. Read more.

Image credits

'Cardinal' crab: Dave Gunn/CC BY-NC 2.0

Washington hawthorn: F.D. Richards/CC BY-SA 2.0

Japanese stewartia: Emőke Dénes - kindly granted by the author, CC BY-SA 4.0

Amur maackia: By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT -  GFDL

American hornbeam: Katja Schulz/CC BY 2.0

Vine maple: Greg Shine, Bureau of Land Management/CC BY 2.0

'Elizabeth' magnolia: nycbone/CC BY 2.0