Selecting a Tree for Arbor Day

Selecting a Tree for Arbor Day
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If you don't think you have room for another tree think again! Here are some small trees that will make a big statement in your garden.

TREES WITH DECORATIVE BARK

Snake-Bark Maple (Acer grosseri var. hersii)

Height=20 feet

This tree's attractive bark is patterned and streaked with green and white markings similar to a snake's skin. The large leaves make a striking display in autumn.

Tibetan Cherry (Prunus serrula)

Height=20 feet

You'll really appreciate the Tibetan Cherry's glossy red bark in winter.

FLOWERING TREES

Crab Apple

Height=16-20 feet

Nothing tops the fragrance and beauty of a crab apple tree in bloom. If you're really short on space, look for compact varieties that won't exceed 8 feet in height.

Flowering Cherries (Prunus)

Height=10-20 feet

There are many species to choose from, and any one of them will give you a spectacular spring show.

TREES WITH ATTRACTIVE FOLIAGE

Box Elder (Acer negundo)

Height=20 feet

The small pinnate leaves are most attractive when they first appear. Variegated forms are available. The leaves of 'Flamingo' have broad pink margins in spring, turning to white in the summer.

Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum)

Height=15 feet

This tree is desirable both for its attractive foliage and its spring display of dark pink flowers.

Weeping Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Pendula")

Height=10 feet

The foliage is very dark purple - almost black. The tree forms a neat mound that is almost as wide as it is tall.

Weeping Purple Willow (Salix purpurea 'Pendula')

Height=6 feet

This tree bears small, purple-green catkins in early spring.

FOR THE BIRDS

Cottoneaster (Cottoneaster frigidus 'Cornubia')

Height=14 feet

The fruit of this tree is a favorite among birds. Unless your winters are particularly severe, the tree keeps its leaves year-round.

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