dwarf apple tree gardenNot every tree is made equal, as everyone wants a tree that they can enjoy every day when looking for a tiny, easy-to-care-for choice.

Trees are picked for a specific cause in landscaping with various species to choose from, whether you want a tree to stand alone, form a privacy boundary, give food, or dramatize an entry.

In this article, we have put together something appropriate fit for your landscape, reasonably large, and easy to maintain.

Best Trees Under Ten Feet Tall

Name  Why Get This One
Dwarf Japanese Maple Ideal for smaller gardens and great for privacy
Weeping Japanese Maple Beautiful foliage blooms all year round
Rose of Sharon Unique trumpet-shaped flowers
Sargent Crabapple Ideal choice to decorate your larger spaces
Dwarf Italian Cypress Ideal for hedges, fences, containers etc.
Semi-Dwarf Crape Myrtle Lure butterflies and hummingbirds to your gardens
Sand Cherry Tree Cherries can be used to make jams and jellies
Golden Fernspray Hinoki Cypress Spruce up your space with breathtaking fall colors
Weeping Redbud Another small tree that brings a touch of fall to your space regardless of the season
Highbush Cranberry Ideal for privacy when planted closely
Dwarf Peach Easy to maintain on account of their small size
Dwarf Plum Easily cultivated in containers even in the cold
Dwarf Cherry Blooms all through the winters
Dwarf Apple Provide fruit much earlier than a regular-sized apple tree
Dwarf Fig Can withstand harsh conditions such as drought
Dwarf Citrus Provide fresh fruit without taking up too much space
Goldcrest Cypress Low maintenance plant that requires little water to thrive
Dwarf Alberta Spruce Thrive in colder climates
Pygmy Date Palm Add a tropical feel to your space
American Snowbell Tree Ideal for small water bodies such as ponds, pools, fountains, etc.

– Dwarf Japanese Maple

1.Dwarf Japanese Maple

  • Mature three to six feet tall in height
  • Zones to Grow: 5 to 8
  • Shishigashira, Fairy Hair, Kurenai Jishi, and Mikawa Yatsubusa are popular varieties.

The dwarf plant is an ideal variety of small trees for containers and limited places such as small gardens. They develop a balanced, round shape as they grow broader than tall.

Seasonally, the foliage changes color, and the branches remain appealing even after the colorful leaves have fallen. Dwarf maples are low-maintenance trees that develop slowly.

Plant in a somewhat shaded spot with dappled sunlight in wet, well-drained soil. Once established, watering once or twice a week is sufficient.

– Weeping Japanese Maple

2. Weeping Japanese Maple

  • eight to 10 feet tall in height at maturity
  • Zones to Grow: 5 to 8
  • Popular varieties include Firefall, Orangeola, Ryusen Emerald Leaf, Weeping Red Dragon, and Weeping Green Lace that weeps.

These small trees are quite lovely all year. The branches and leaves form an umbrella shape, with beautiful foliage that changes color with the seasons. On the other hand, the leaves of various sorts change color from purple to red to orange to pink to yellow.

These are resilient, slow-growing trees that prefer dappled sunlight or scattered shade. If the temperature is cool, some types may tolerate full sun, such as this one.

– Rose of Sharon

3. Rose of Sharon

  • Height at maturity: eight to 10 feet
  • Zones to Grow: 5 to 9
  • Blue Chiffon, Ardens Rose, Sugartip, Minerva, and Aphrodite are popular varieties.

Rose of Sharon is a bush or small tree that produces beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers and belongs to the hibiscus family. Large white, lavender and purple blooms are available and are optimal for small spaces.

Rose of Sharon can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including drought; however, it loves plenty of rain. The best conditions for this tree are the full sun to partial shade.

If you desire a shrub-like plant, no pruning is required. It can, however, be easily pruned to make a tree with several tiny trunks on occasion.

– Sargent Crabapple

4. Sargent Crabapple

  • Height at maturity: six to 10 feet
  • Zones to Grow: 4–8
  • Tina, Firebird, Rose Glow, and Candymint are all popular varieties.

The Sargent crabapple is a striking tree with fragrant, delicate white flowers appropriate for modest spaces due to its mature height. Please give it some room when planting because it can expand up to 12 feet wide.

It enjoys full sunlight and is an alternating bearer, which means it blooms every other year. Many different songbirds are attracted to the small fruit. Trees are thick and grow into a rounded shape naturally.

– Dwarf Italian Cypress

5. Dwarf Italian Cypress

  • Height at maturity: 7 to 9 feet
  • Zones to Grow: 8 to 10
  • Totem and Tiny Tower are two popular varieties.

The slender column shape of this variety of evergreen trees makes it ideal for hedges, borders, and containers and creates privacy in the landscape.

It has aromatic, dark, thick, greenish-blue foliage and is an evergreen. It prefers whole light, is deer resistant, and can withstand drought. It’s a slow-growing tree that takes a long time to mature.


– Semi-Dwarf Crape Myrtle

6. Semi-Dwarf Crape Myrtle

  • Mature 5 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 6 to 10
  • Popular crepe myrtle varieties include Red Ebony Flame, Red Tonto, Siren, Pink Hopi, and Purple Zuni. With beautiful pink, purple, red, or white blooms that last all summer, red crape myrtles will brighten your yard.

Bright blooms flourish in large clusters, luring butterflies and hummingbirds to visit. These dwarf trees are ideal for putting in groupings along margins or on their own as ornamental pieces when grown as shrubs or pruned into trees.

These small trees have an incredible growth rate and can readily grow three to five feet per year when young.

– Sand Cherry Tree

7. Sand Cherry Tree

  • Mature 7 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 3–7
  • Purple leaf, Pawnee Buttes, Western, and Dwarf Red Leaf are popular varieties.

This resilient flowering tree blooms in the spring and produces small sour cherries that can be used in jams and jellies. These trees grow swiftly, reaching 13 to 24 inches in a single year, making them excellent for your small yard.

The fruit is a favorite food source for many birds and even coyotes. This plant requires frequent watering and prefers full sun to light shade.

– Golden Fernspray Hinoki Cypress

8. Golden Fernspray Hinoki Cypress

  • Mature 8 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 4–8
  • Popular varieties include: Jade Waves, Dwarf Hinoki Cypress False Fernspray, Gold Mop, Fernspray False Cypress Gold

Golden Fernspray will give your evergreen landscape a new look with every gorgeous fall color. The flat, fluffy foliage is reminiscent of fern branches.

The color is lemon-green with golden yellow tips. This slow-growing small evergreen will only grow six to eight inches in height per year. It will grow upright in a pyramid shape and be about half as wide as tall. This low-maintenance tree prefers full sun to semi-shady areas and average water. It is deer resistant.

– Weeping Redbud

9. Weeping Redbud

  • Mature 6 to 8 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 5 to 9
  • Lavender Twist, Ruby Falls, Flame Thrower, Cascading Hearts, and Carolina Sweetheart are some of the most popular varieties.

The lavender-pink, red, or burgundy blossoms of the weeping redbud break open early spring. Like a waterfall, the large, heart-shaped leaves and blooms cascade downward.

The leaves turn yellow in the fall and then fall off, leaving interesting twisted branches for the winter.

These trees prefer full to partial shade and wet, well-drained soil with consistent watering. They’re great for filling up narrow spaces and adding interest to your environment. Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are drawn to blooms.

– Highbush Cranberry

10. Highbush Cranberry

  • Mature 8 to 15 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 2–7
  • Wentworth, Andrews, and Hahs are popular varieties.

Though the fruit of the highbush cranberry looks like a cranberry, it is a member of the honeysuckle family.

The shrub is suitable for producing a privacy wall when planted close together, 2 to 3 feet apart. It prefers full sun to moderate shade and well-drained, wet soil and is drought and frost tolerant.

Large white blossoms surround smaller white blooms on this self-pollinating tree. Trees produce fruit after five years of growth, which can be used in place of cranberries.

– Dwarf Peach

11. Dwarf Peach

  • Mature 8 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 5 to 9
  • Elberta, Red Haven, Bonanza, Reliance, Orange Cling, and Halloween are popular varieties.

Despite being significantly smaller than their standard fruit tree cousins, dwarf peaches produce peaches of average size.

The trees are also noticeably smaller, making maintenance easier. The smaller types will bear fruit a year or two earlier than a standard peach tree.

Dwarf peaches require partial to full light and sandy, well-drained soil. They are not drought tolerant. These trees bloom in the spring and bear fruit from late summer to early fall.

– Dwarf Plum

  • Mature 8 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 4 to 9
  • Burbank, Johnson, Santa Rosa, and Black Ice are popular varieties.

Dwarf fruit trees are suitable for tiny places since they produce regular-sized fruit without requiring an orchard or a vast area to grow.

The most prevalent plum varieties are Japanese and European. European plums are tolerant of slightly lower temperatures.

In colder climates, trees can be cultivated in containers and brought inside when the temperature decreases.

Dwarf plum trees require plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil, but they are relatively low-maintenance.

Because most plum trees are not self-pollinating, you’ll need to plant many trees to get fruit.

– Dwarf Cherry

12. Dwarf Cherry

  • Mature 5 to 8 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 2–7
  • Black Tartarian, Juliet, Romeo, Dwarf Bing, and Carmine Jewel are some of the most popular varieties.

Because the dwarf cherry was created to be more cold-hardy, it grows best in cooler areas. They produce fruit and develop swiftly, making them ideal for growing in shorter seasons.

They prefer sunny conditions and well-drained soil. Despite the tree’s grandeur, the cherries are still of standard size, and, depending on the variety, they might taste tart or sweet.

– Dwarf Apple

13. Dwarf Apple

  • Mature 8 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 3–6
  • Cameron Select, Goldrush Dwarf, Gala Dwarf, Arkansas Black, and Fuji Dwarf are some of the most popular varieties.

Dwarf Apple plants blossom in the spring and summer with tiny white blooms and bear fruit in September.

These trees can provide fruit three years after being planted, whereas regular apple trees can take up to ten years.

Insects and diseases affect many trees of this species. When selecting a variety, consider which resistance is required for your locality.

– Dwarf Fig

14. Dwarf Fig

  • Mature Unless pruned, it can reach a height of 15 feet.
  • Zones to Grow: 8 to 10
  • Little Miss Figgy, Black Jack, Brown Turkey, Celeste, Desert King, and Neveralla are some of the most popular varieties.

These drought-tolerant trees thrive in full light and are self-pollinating, meaning they may thrive independently. Furthermore, they like acid-free, well-drained soil.

Fig trees feature big leaves and a tropical appearance. The trees will grow to be nearly as wide as they are tall.

They frequently produce fruit twice a year, with a smaller crop in early July and a larger harvest in late summer to early October.

– Dwarf Citrus

15.Dwarf Citrus

  • Mature 8 to 12 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 8 to 10
  • Meyer lemon, tangerine, kumquat, clementine, and Owari Satsuma are popular varieties.

Dwarf citrus trees are ideal for getting fresh fruit without taking up many areas. If you reside in a cooler region, you can grow these trees in containers on your patio, yard, or even inside.

Citrus trees require plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil to thrive. It is critical to use nitrogen fertilizer regularly.

Citrus is fussy when temperature changes, so make sure they’re kept between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

– Goldcrest Cypress

16. Goldcrest Cypress

  • Mature 6 to 10 feet in height
  • Zones to Grow: 7 to 10
  • Wilma Goldcrest and Goldcrest Lemon are two popular varieties.

All year, this evergreen is a bright yellow color and grows in a thin vertical column style. Lemon fragrance pervades the vegetation. This is a low-maintenance conifer that tolerates salinity and requires little water. Full sun to occasional shade and well-drained soil is ideal for these trees.

If watered consistently, Goldcrest Cypress can be grown in pots. They’re also great for creating borders around a patio, hiding a fence, or edging a driveway.

– Dwarf Alberta Spruce

17. Dwarf Alberta Spruce

  • Height at maturity: 3 to 12 feet
  • Zones to Grow: 5–7
  • Popular varieties include: dwarf and dwarf white spruce dwarf

The dwarf variety is a pyramid-shaped evergreen with dense, light green leaves that climbs vertically. They dislike salt and hot temperatures and thrive in more relaxed environments.

However, this plant prefers full sun to light shade. These can be grown in pots, along hedges, and planters.

They make a great Christmas tree, but they may also be pruned into creative forms. They have a wonderful evergreen scent.

– Pygmy Date Palm

18. Pygmy Date Palm

  • Mature Outside, 6.5 feet tall, 4 to 5 feet tall interior
  • Zones to Grow: 10 to 11
  • Popular varieties include: Date palm Pygmy

The Pygmy date palm is a smaller version of conventional palm trees. They’re great for bringing a tropical feel indoors in colder climates or growing them naturally outside in hotter climates.

These trees can reach a width of five feet. They like dampness and prefer partial shade to full sun.

Throughout the spring, they produce cream-colored, star-shaped flowers, and in the spring and summer, they make tasty drupes.

– American Snowbell Tree

19. American Snowbell Tree

  • Height at maturity: 6 to 9 feet
  • Zones to Grow: 6–8
  • Evening Light, Baby Blue, and Carolina are popular varieties. Snowbell

The American snowbell is a unique shrub with small, scented bell-shaped flowers that hang from the branches in late spring and early summer.

These trees are swamp natives who favor moist, humid circumstances. They thrive in regions with some shade and partial sun.

As a result, snowbells are ideal for usage around ponds, fountains, and other water features in your yard.

Snowbells attract beneficial insects, bees, and other pollinators. Birds will build nests in the trees and use them as cover.


Dwarf Japanese MapleBefore you go, here are some of our picks of the best trees under ten feet tall to plant in your small space:

  • If you are looking for something attractive to put along the street to provide privacy, a dwarf Japanese maple may be a good choice.
  • Place a potted dwarf lemon tree inside a sunny window if you want a citrus tree but don’t live where it snows.
  • Plant the cherry plant if you want a wonderful aroma to fill your nose while walking across the yard.
  • All trees mentioned in this list have the potential to make fantastic showpieces for your garden, provided you give them proper care.

There is a tree for whatever you want to accomplish. Happy gardening!

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