- Zone 5 Weeping Trees – Growing Weeping Trees In Zone 5
- About Weeping Ornamental Trees
- Weeping Trees for Zone 5 Gardens
- Ornamental Trees
- More Color from Flowers and Foliage
- Multiple Seasons of Interest, Including Winter
- Tips for Growing Ornamental Trees
- Dwarf evergreen trees: 15 exceptional choices for the yard and garden
- Why plant small evergreen trees?
- Top 15 dwarf evergreen trees for small gardens
- Best Dwarf Trees for Small Space Landscaping (Flowering and More)
- The 12 Best Trees for Small Spaces and Front Yards
Zone 5 Weeping Trees – Growing Weeping Trees In Zone 5
Weeping ornamental trees add a dramatic, graceful look to landscape beds. They are available as flowering deciduous trees, nonflowering deciduous trees and even evergreens. Usually used as specimen trees in the garden, different types of weeping trees can be placed in different beds to add variety, while also carrying out shape consistency throughout the landscape. Nearly every hardiness zone has a few choices of weeping trees. This article will discuss growing weeping trees in zone 5.
About Weeping Ornamental Trees
Most weeping trees are grafted trees. On weeping ornamental trees, the graft union is usually at the top of the trunk, just below the tree canopy. A benefit of having this graft union where it is on weeping trees is that the weeping branches generally hide it. A drawback is that in the winter the graft union doesn’t have the protection and insulation of snow or mulch at the ground level.
In northern areas of zone 5, you may have to wrap the graft union of young weeping trees with bubble wrap or burlap for winter protection. Suckers that develop at any time below the graft union should be removed, because they will be of the rootstock and not the weeping tree. Letting them grow can eventually lead to the death of the top part of the tree and reversion to the root stock.
Weeping Trees for Zone 5 Gardens
Below are lists of the different types of weeping trees for zone 5:
Flowering Deciduous Weeping Trees
- Japanese Snowbell ‘Fragrant Fountain’ (Styrax japonicas)
- Walker’s Weeping Peashrub (Caragana arborescens)
- Weeping Mulberry (Morus alba)
- Lavender Twist Redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Lavender Twist’)
- Weeping Flowering Cherry (Prunus subhirta)
- Snow Fountain Cherry (Prunus x snofozam)
- Pink Snow Showers Cherry (Prunus x pisnshzam)
- Weeping Pink Infusion Cherry (Prunus x wepinzam)
- Double Weeping Higan Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula Plena Rosea’)
- Louisa Crabapple (Malus ‘Louisa’)
- First Editions Ruby Tears Crabapple (Malus ‘Bailears’)
- Royal Beauty Crabapple (Malus ‘Royal Beauty’)
- Red Jade Crabapple (Malus ‘Red Jade’)
Nonflowering Deciduous Weeping Trees
- Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Crimson Queen’)
- Ryusen Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Ryusen’)
- Tamukeyamu Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Tamukeyamu’)
- Kilmarnock Willow (Salix caprea)
- Niobe Weeping Willow (Salix alba ‘Tristis’)
- Twisty Baby Locust (Robinia pseudocacia)
Weeping Evergreen Trees
- Weeping White Pine (Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’)
- Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’)
- Pendula Nootka Alaska Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis)
- Sargent’s Weeping Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis ‘Sargentii’)
One of the best-selling types of trees we offer are ornamental trees. Typically, these are smaller growing trees – under 25 feet tall – that deliver more than just shade.
Flowering ornamental trees add pizzazz in the spring and gorgeous foliage in the summer to any landscape or yard. They give the home beauty and permanence. Ornamental trees beautify our surroundings with interesting shapes, patterns, colors, scents, and seasonal changes.
More Color from Flowers and Foliage
The most desired ornamental feature of these smaller growing trees is flowers. Homeowners in warmer zones can enjoy Strawberry Trees, Crape Myrtles, Chaste Trees and Flowering Dogwood Trees.
We offer a lot of choice for the colder zones, too, including Magnolias, Flowering Ornamental Plum, Cherry Blossom Trees; Crabapples and a huge number of Redbud selections.
At various time during the year, we sell shrubs that are trained as single stem trees such as Rose and Hydrangea Trees. These special plants are bloom machines, for sure.
Our ornamental group offers color from flowers and leaves. Breeders have been busy enhancing these features. This can include dramatic red and bronze coloring in newly emerging leaves and new growth.
With some plants like the Crape Myrtle, breeders have introduced dark purples and almost black leaf color. This is such an incredible contrast against the massive flower displays! Purple, red, and yellow leaf color has been introduced into many new Redbud selections and Smoke trees too.
Let’s not forget about fall color. Fall color of many of the Crabapples, Flowering Plums and Cherry Blossom Trees can be a beautiful attribute. Fall color often lasts longer than the flower displays!
Multiple Seasons of Interest, Including Winter
Many ornamental trees offer color from flowers, spring and summer foliage, and from fall color, but don’t forget about these other desirable traits.
After a plant flowers, there will be some kind of fruit or seed that can be very ornamental. Perhaps you have seen Crabapples bloom and know the amazing and persistent fruit displays that follow the bloom. Showy fruits can persist all through the fall and winter seasons.
They may still be hanging on the trees in spring until the migrating birds return to remove them from the trees. Imagine the length of show that shiny, persistent fruit presents! Cedar Waxwings and Robins are always pleased to find a Crabapple tree loaded with fruit that hung on all winter.
Flowering Cherries and Plums also produce beautiful fruits that are excellent for wildlife, as well. Even Magnolias will produce lovely orange seeds that add a lot to the landscape.
Ornamental trees can be deciduous or evergreen. Evergreens tend to derive their ornamental flavor from unique shapes or sizes.
Let’s not forget to mention the beautiful berries that are used for winter and holiday decoration produced by Holly plants. Seed heads and seed pods are very decorative and can be used for cutting or to enjoy in the landscape right on the plants.
Plants that lose their foliage in the winter months can also have attributes that add to your landscape. Deciduous trees usually point to leaf color or tree form to accentuate their eye catching qualities.
Some weeping forms are outstanding in all seasons. Weeping Redbud, Weeping Snowbell, or Weeping Cherry trees have a fantastic fountain-like look to them, no matter what season they are in.
The Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud is one of those trees. It combines very early spring flowers with a unique twisted form that is attractive with or without leaves.
Weeping ornamental trees are favorites of many homeowners. The long graceful weeping branches attract attention and seem to give a sense of peace and calm to a yard.
Spreading forms include Redbud, Dogwood, and Cherry Blossom or Plums. Strong vertical forms include Flowering Pear trees or Serviceberry, Crabapples and some Lilac Trees.
Let’s not forget the bark either. The peeling and exfoliating bark that you find on some plants, like Birch, is highly ornamental and worth highlighting with outdoor lighting.
Tips for Growing Ornamental Trees
There are many trees that we have included within our “Ornamentals” group. Typically, these include smaller plants with lots of interest. Always look at the mature size of the plant so you know how much room you will need in its new location.
Know your Growing Zone (punch in your zip code on our website to find yours), read the soil type needed for best results, and lastly see if your plant will need full sun, or tolerate part or all shade. Each plant has the cultural requirements listed on our website. We also offer live chat, or you can always email us with your questions at
Dwarf evergreen trees: 15 exceptional choices for the yard and garden
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If you’re looking for evergreen trees that stay naturally short-statured, have no maintenance requirements beyond watering, and stay green all winter long, you’ve come to the right place! While finding all of these traits in a single tree might seem too good to be true, it isn’t. In fact, there are lots of dwarf evergreen trees that offer all of these benefits and more to small-space gardeners. They’re also great choices for anyone who doesn’t want to spend their weekends pruning overgrown plants. Before I introduce you to 15 of my favorite small evergreen trees, let’s take a look at some of the perks these plants provide.
Why plant small evergreen trees?
There are many benefits of planting small evergreen trees in your yard and garden.
- Their naturally compact form means little, if any, pruning is necessary to maintain their small stature
- Their evergreen nature means you’ll have color and texture in the garden year-round.
- Dwarf evergreen trees make great privacy screening without growing too large.
- The small stature of these plants make them easy to plant; there’s no wrestling with a huge root ball or long branches.
- Dwarf evergreens provide winter habitat for many different birds, and those that produce cones provide food as well.
- The compact evergreen trees on this list are low maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. This makes them great choices for folks who don’t have a lot of time to maintain their plantings.
Dwarf evergreen trees, like this compact blue spruce, offer so much to the landscape.
Top 15 dwarf evergreen trees for small gardens
While there are hundreds of compact evergreens for small gardens, these 15 are exceptional varieties I’ve personally worked with. As a horticulturist, I see lots of evergreen trees and shrubs worth growing. But, those on this list are among the finest small-statured varieties available to home gardeners.
1. The Blues Weeping Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens ‘The Blues’): This amazing and extremely hardy variety of weeping blue spruce is a total show-stopper. Though it’s fast growing, it tops out at just 10 feet in height with a width between 5 and 10 feet. The blue-green needles are thickly packed on downward hanging branches. Hardy down to -50 degrees F, ‘The Blues’ is among the most deer resistant of the dwarf evergreen trees. It thrives in full sun conditions but will also tolerate some shade.
The weeping habit of ‘The Blues’ adds an extra layer of interest to the garden.
2. Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa): A compact, extremely slow-growing, soft-needled evergreen with a somewhat pyramidal form, Hinoki cypress have fan-shaped foliage that’s lush and dark green. It gives the plant an almost feathery texture. Winter hardy down to -30 degrees F, Hinoki cypress are 10 to 12 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide when twenty years old. This evergreen requires full to partial sun and well-drained soils. If you’d like an even smaller version of this plant that tops out at just 5 feet tall, look for the cultivar ‘Nana Gracilis’
This Hinoki cypress has been pruned into a three-balled topiary, but its natural form is gorgeous, too.
3. Blue Wonder Blue Spruce (Picea glauca ‘Blue Wonder’): This sweet little spruce is winter hardy down to -40 degrees F. It has beautiful blue-gray foliage and a lovely compact form. This dwarf evergreen is an excellent alternative to dwarf Alberta spruce and it looks great in winter container plantings, too. Slowly reaching 6 feet in height, ‘Blue Wonder’ is only 3 feet wide at maturity and has a naturally dense conical form.
4. Dwarf Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea ‘Nana’): A squat, rounded fir with lush needles, this compact plant deserves a place on every list of dwarf evergreen trees. Hardy to -40 degrees F, the slow growth rate of this variety makes it great for folks who don’t have the time or inclination to regularly prune their shrubs. Like other balsam firs, this compact selection has dark green needles and densely packed branches. It reaches 5 to 6 feet wide after many years of growth.
5. Chalet Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra ‘Chalet’): Swiss Stone pines have long been a favorite of mine, and this dwarf variety is no different. When it comes to dwarf evergreen trees, ‘Chalet’ has so much to offer! Slow growing with a beautiful form, this small evergreen tree is columnar in shape and densely branched. The needles are long and blue-green, lending a soft look to this compact evergreen. With a hardiness down to -40 degrees F, ‘Chalet’ is an exceptional choice that reaches just 8 feet in height with a width of 4 feet.
No matter what their variety, Swiss Stone pines are among the finest dwarf evergreen trees on the market.
6. Tip Top Dwarf Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra ‘Tip Top’): So, just to prove I wasn’t kidding about loving Swiss Stone pines, here’s another variety of these dwarf evergreen trees worth planting in small gardens. ‘Tip Top’ is extremely hardy (-40 degrees F) and downright adorable. In 10 years it reaches just 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The white undersides of the needles, combined with their long form and soft feel, make this evergreen look like a shaggy green Muppet. Its growth habit is narrow and conical, and like all of the other dwarf evergreen trees on this list, ‘Tip Top’ requires zero pruning to maintain its small stature.
7. Dwarf Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika ‘Nana’): The dense growth of this compact evergreen tree makes it a super choice for small garden beds and foundation plantings. Like other Serbian spruces, this dwarf form has green needles with white striping on the undersides, giving the tree a soft appearance. Slow-growing and reaching a maximum height of just 3 to 5 feet with an equal width, dwarf Serbian spruce thrives in garden zones with winter temperatures down to -30 degrees F. Loosely pyramidal in form with no pruning required.
Dwarf Serbian spruce does not grow large, and it’s a great small evergreen for a small yard.
8. Green Spire Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’): Winter hardy down to -10 degrees, ‘Green Spire’ euonymus is well behaved, giving it a more formal appearance than some other options. The glossy, green foliage is perfect for creating a narrow hedge or screen. Maxing out at 6 to 8 feet in height with a spread of just 1 to 2 feet, this naturally narrow shrub is a fast grower, too.
9. Green Arrow Weeping Alaska Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootakatensis ‘Green Arrow’): Tall and narrow, ‘Green Arrow’ is one of the finest narrow evergreen trees for small yards and gardens. Of all the weeping Alaska cedars, ‘Green Arrow’ offers the most slender girth. Topping out at 20 feet in height and 1 foot wide, you might not consider it dwarf, but it’s super small footprint makes it great for even the tiniest of backyards. The weeping branches have soft foliage with a fan-like appearance. Winter hardy down to -20 degrees F, ‘Green Arrow’ makes a phenomenal addition to the garden.
The tall but narrow appearance of ‘Green Arrow’ weeping Alaska cedar is a show stopper, and it’s suited to even the smallest garden.
10. Green Penguin Dwarf Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Green Penguin‘): A chunky, yet tidy dwarf evergreen, once you see ‘Green Penguin’ you’ll realize how it got its name. With new growth that’s feathery and older growth that’s long-needled, this dwarf scotch pine is very unique. It has a thick, pyramidal form that never has you reaching for your pruning shears, and ‘Green Penguin’ is hardy to -40 degrees F. Maximum height is 6 feet with a width equal to half its height.
11. Dwarf Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii ‘Kotobuki’): Fully winter hardy to -20 degrees F, this needled evergreen reaches just 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The upright candles of new growth in the spring, coupled with its narrow growth habit, make ‘Kotobuki’ an excellent choice for containers and small gardens. Slow growing, with a dense structure, this deer-resistant evergreen has needles that are about half the length of regular Japanese black pines.
Japanese black pines are lovely trees, and the compact variety ‘Kotobuki’ is a prime choice for smaller landscapes.
12. Dwarf Pencil Point Juniper (Juniperus communis ‘Compressa’): Evergreen and columnar in form, dwarf pencil point juniper is both unique and slow growing. With an average height of 5 feet and a width of just 1 foot, this sun-loving evergreen has blue-green needles. Female plants may produce blue “berries” in the fall as well. Its tapered form means it’s a great “exclamation point” accent plant for smaller landscapes. Winter hardy to -40 degrees F.
13. North Star Dwarf White Spruce (Picea glauca ‘North Star’): Extremely hardy, this compact evergreen tree is pyramidal in shape and covered with green needles. Deer-resistant and hardy to -50 degrees F, ‘North Star’ tops out at 5 to 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It prefers full to partial sun and requires little to no pruning to maintain a neat-and-tidy shape. Easy to grow and tolerant of all but the wettest soils, ‘North Star’ is among the finest dwarf evergreen trees available.
‘North Star’ white spruce is a densely branched, beautiful compact evergreen.
14. Upright Japanese Plum Yew (Cephaloxatus harringtoniia ‘Fastigiata’): This broad-needled evergreen is hardy to -10 degrees F. Its upright, slender growth habit maxes out at 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Though it’s non-flowering, Japanese plum yews have dark green needles that are densely spaced on bottlebrush-like, upright branches. Each needle is about 2 inches long. It thrives in full to partial sun, but prefers afternoon shade in hot southern regions during the summer months.
The upright branches of the Japanese plum yew mean it doesn’t take up much room in the garden.
15. Little Gem Dwarf Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’): Like its full-sized kin, this compact southern magnolia is lush and attractive. The leaves are just as dark green and glossy as traditional southern magnolias, but they’re smaller in size. Large, white, perfumed flowers cover this columnar dwarf evergreen tree in late spring through summer. A second bloom may occur again in the fall in cooler climates. While at a mature height of 20 feet tall, ‘Little Gem’ certainly isn’t as petite as some of the other trees featured here. But, it is significantly smaller than a standard southern magnolia and is one of the finest dwarf evergreen trees available. Winter hardy down to 0 degrees F.
The ease of maintenance, beauty, and diversity of these dwarf evergreen trees is hard to deny. There’s no doubt making a home for one or more of them in your garden pays big dividends all year long.
For more on using compact plant varieties in your garden, check out the following articles:
- Dwarf Flowering Shrubs for Small Gardens and Landscapes
- The Best Evergreen Trees for Privacy Screening
- Shrubs that Flower in the Shade
- Narrow Trees for Small Gardens and Tight Spaces
- Evergreen Groundcover Plants: 20 Choices for Year-round Interest
- Colorful Shrubs for Season-long Beauty
- The Beauty of Weeping Alaskan Cedar Trees
What are your favorite compact evergreen trees? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.
Best Dwarf Trees for Small Space Landscaping (Flowering and More)
Think trees have to grow as big and tall as those 200-foot-tall redwoods?
Think again! Tons of flowery, fruity and leafy trees can add beauty to any landscape, no matter the size. And we’re not just talking about those petite bonsai trees either.
Read on for the top 12 trees fit for small spaces.
The 12 Best Trees for Small Spaces and Front Yards
These small but mighty trees are perfect for a petite front or backyard, patio space or small garden.
All trees marked with an asterisk are excellent options to plant near a house! But remember to provide enough space for your tree’s canopy to grow. To do that, look up the expected mature crown width, and half it! Plan to place your tree that far away from your home. For example, a tree with an expected 30-foot crown spread should be planted at least 15 feet away from your home.
Small Trees for Landscaping
- American hornbeam* (Zones 3-9): A 20-to-30-foot tree with leaves that change vibrantly with the seasons
- Japanese maple* (Zones 5-9): A popular small-scale tree that can top out at anywhere from 4 feet to 25 feet
- ‘Twisted Growth’ deodar cedar (Zones 6-9): A tall, slim evergreen that grows 8 to 15 feet
- Windmill palm (Zones 8A-11): A cold-hardy palm with a texturized trunk that doesn’t get too big (usually 10 to 20 feet)
Dwarf Flowering Trees to Plant in Small Spaces
- Henry Anise (Zones 7-9): A 6-to-15-foot evergreen with soft pink flowers
- Kousa dogwood* (Zones 5-8): A 20-to-30-foot tree that’s draped in snow-white or rosy-pink flowers
- Lollipop crabapple (Zones 3-8): A 10-to-15-foot tree with a slender spread of bushy, white flowers
- Cornelian cherry dogwood* (Zones 4-8): A slow-growing tree that reaches 25 feet and displays clusters of yellow flowers in very early spring
- Crape myrtle (Zones 7-9): A 6-to-25-foot tree with a colorful mix of flowers, from pink to red to lavender
Trees Under 10 Feet Tall
- Blackhaw viburnum (Zones 3-9): A petite tree that grows 10 to 15 feet tall and wide with creamy-white flowers in spring and plum-colored leaves in fall. Bonus: you can make preserves with this tree’s fruit!
- Hibiscus syriacus (Zones 5-8): A vase-shaped tree that grows 8 to 10 feet tall and sprouts lavender flowers
- ‘Viridis’ Japanese maple* (Zones 5-8): A slim plant with vibrant green leaves that grows 4 to 6 feet tall
- Weeping redbud (Zones 5-9): A narrow, 4-to-6-foot tree with cascading, heart-shaped leaves
- Pygmy date palm (Zones 10-11): A dwarf palm tree that grows 6 to 12 feet tall and has graceful, feathery fronds. It also thrives in containers!